Preds end skid, beat Kings 2-1 in 8-round shootout

Preds end skid, beat Kings 2-1 in 8-round shootout
February 1, 2013, 1:37 am
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Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein (8) goes flying while left winger Martin Erat (10) and center Colin Wilson (33) chase the puck as Los Angeles Kings left winger Kyle Clifford watches at left during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the eighth shootout round, and the Nashville Predators snapped their three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and stopped five of Los Angeles' eight shootout attempts as the Predators survived a weak offensive performance thanks to their Finnish goalie's sturdiness and a timely shot by Kostitsyn, who finally ended the lengthy shootout.

Captain Dustin Brown scored his first goal of the season for the Stanley Cup champions, who are off to a 2-2-2 start.

Jonathan Quick stopped 13 shots for the Kings, whose NHL-worst power play went 1 for 6 while Nashville and Los Angeles slogged through a largely dull game between two of the NHL's lowest-scoring teams.