Ryan Jones, Jean-Pierre Dumont and Martin Erat scored first period goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings in front of 14,704 fans at Sommet Center in Nashville on Saturday night.
The Predators blitzed the Kings in the first period, outshooting them 17-5 and they led, 3-0, before the Kings showed up in the second period.
Jarret Stoll scored twice in the second period, as the Kings outshot the Predators in the period, 11-2.
The Kings also outshot the Predators in the third period, 14-8, but Jerred Smithson and Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville to give the Preds a 5-2 lead.
Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov scored late in the period, but the Kings could not overcome their poor first period.
Jason LaBarbera got the start in goal for the Kings, but was replaced by Erik Ersberg at 12:48 of the first period, a move by Kings head coach Terry Murray to try to wake up his team.
LaBarbera allowed three goals on 15 shots. Ersberg finished up, allowing two goals in twelve shots.
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