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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Carter’s Hat Trick Leads LA Kings to 5-1 Win Over Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored three consecutive goals, recording a natural hat trick, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 4.

The Kings got off to an uneven start to the game, giving up high-quality scoring chances early, and failing to record a shot on goal until the 15:02 mark of the first period. But Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:28 of the second period, when his attempted backhand pass fooled Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who was playing the pass, and lost the puck between his legs.

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LA Kings Try To Learn From Sub-Par Effort At Vancouver, Work On Solving Nashville’s Defense

VIDEO: Story also includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty spoke to the media following practice on March 3, 2013, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a poor effort at Vancouver on March 2, the Los Angeles Kings went back to the drawing board on March 3, trying to fix what went quite wrong against the speedy, skilled Canucks.

“Some of our guys weren’t at the pace we needed them to be last night,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We just want to reinforce the pace that they have to play at, in terms of moving pucks, getting to pucks, that sort of thing.”

One example of that was the line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, along with Trevor Lewis and later, Dustin Penner. Sutter noted that the line struggled against the Canucks, as evidenced by Richards and Carter both ending up with a -3 plus/minus rating for the contest.

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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Ryan Smyth Lifts LA Kings To 4-1 Win Over Nashville In Milestone Game

LOS ANGELES — Don’t look now Southern California, but even though the weather here has turned cool once again, the Los Angeles Kings are still smoking hot, and there is no sign of a cooling trend on the horizon.

Indeed, the Kings went into action on November 6 as the best team, not just in their own division or conference, but they sat alone atop the National Hockey League standings.

Hours later, after a decisive 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center, the Kings are still at the top of the heap, with a 10-3-0 record, good for twenty points in the standings.
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