Mar 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) is congratulated by mascot Bailey after the game against the Nashville Predators at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Predators 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It's Hats Off for Jeff Carter as Kings Roll Past Predators

Game 20: Kings Win 5-1, improve to 11-7-2

LOS ANGELES – They were hoping to avoid their first season sweep against the Nashville Predators in four years and thanks to Jeff Carter continuing his dominance, the Los Angeles Kings made sure the Preds didn’t get the satisfaction.

As I mentioned, Jeff Carter continued his dominance this season by separating the men from the boys on this night. After a scoreless first period, the big man came through on the power play, scoring his 12th5:28 into the second which stood as the only tally of the middle frame.

Mar 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings ice crew member shovels hats thrown onto the ice after the third goal by center Jeff Carter (not pictured) for a hat trick against the Nashville Predators at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Predators 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the third, the Kings exploded as Carter scored his second of the night 4:39 into the period and capitalizing again just 19 seconds later for the natural hat-trick.

A few minutes later, it was Mike Richards on the power play scoring his 5th followed by Dwight King registering his first tally of the year to make it 5-0 Los Angeles leading Nashville to pull Pekka Rinne in favour of Chris Mason. Rinne may have recorded a shutout the last time these two teams met but the Kings made sure to prove how that was nothing but a distant memory.

In addition to Carter’s big night, he wasn’t the only King that produced on Monday. Slava Voynov helped out with three assists while Jarret Stoll chipped in with a pair of helpers himself.

While he wasn’t the busiest, Jonathan Bernier was up to the task, good when he had to be. The only downside is that his shutout was spoiled late by Gabriel Bourque but let’s be honest, if that was the worst that happened to the Kings on this night, then that’s pretty good as Los Angeles has rebounded from their Saturday night loss in Vancouver and have now won eight of their last 10 games and currently find themselves in a five-way tie in the West with 24 points.

But it’s right back to work as the Kings look to continue their winning ways on Tuesday night when they play host to the St. Louis Blues.

Tags: Jarret Stoll Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings Nashville Predators Slava Voynov

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