Nashville Predators Take a Bite from Los Angeles Kings' Confidence

Life In HockeywoodContributor IMarch 6, 2010

Game 63: Predators 4, Kings 2

Don't look now, but the Predators are making noise down in Nashville. And it sounds more like Old Time Hockey than the Grand Ole Opry.

For some reason, the Kings don't play the Predators particularly well. They have lost five games in a row to the Preds, reaching back into last season. But that was before the Kings really started to gel and come into focus as the fourth best team in the West (and in the league, according to some ).

The Kings pick up where they left off last game , playing with a white-hot intensity that seemed to stun the Nashville bench. And when Alexander Frolov scored with less than 60 seconds gone, it looked as if this game was going to be different.

But four minutes later, Jonathan Quick mishandles a puck behind the Kings net, and Sean O'Donnell blows a tire and falls to the ice. That allows J.P. Dumont to pop in the tying goal.

At first it was an unassisted goal, but then they added two assists to Steve Sullivan and Dan Hamhuis. That left me scratching my bald dome. Once Quick touches the puck, doesn't that negate whoever touched it last for Nashville?

Whatever. Dumont's goal had the same effect on the Kings bench as Frolov's goal did earlier. The Kings were completely dumbfounded, and played the rest of the game playing catch up.

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