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Kings top Predators in shootout for 3rd straight win

By JIM DIAMOND The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gabriel Vilardi scored the shootout winner and had a goal and an assist in regulation in the Kings’ 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Matt Roy had two third-period goals and Cal Petersen made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout to help extend the Kings’ winning streak to three games.

“It’s not often we’re talking about Matt scoring two to tie the game in the third period but he has that ability,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s got tremendous legs and he’s strong. He went to the net.”

Roy sent it to overtime, scoring with 2:08 left in the third.

“The fourth man up in the rush is a good look offensively, but there comes a responsibility, you can’t just jump up whenever you want,” Roy said. “You’ve got to pick your spots and be responsible defensively.”

Cody Glass, Filip Forsberg and Tanner Jeannot scored for Nashville and Juuse Saros made 32 saves. After winning a pair of season-opening games against the San Jose Sharks in Prague, the Predators have dropped three in a row.

“What did we take, nine penalties tonight and six of the nine were in the offensive zone or the neutral zone, undisciplined stick penalties,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “That’s not going to put you in a position to be able to have success.”

Jeannot scored with 30 seconds remaining in the second, converting the rebound of his initial wraparound attempt, giving Nashville a 3-1 lead.

“I thought we were playing pretty well,” Forsberg said. “Obviously in the third period, we got way too passive and just kind of handed the game over to them.”

FIRST GOAL IN GOLD

Glass scored for the first with the Predators. Acquired from Vegas as part of a three-team trade in July 2021, Glass skated in eight games with Nashville last season and did not score. He has dressed in four of five games so far this season. His last NHL goal was on March 17, 2021, with Vegas.

IAFALLO OUT

Kings forward Alex Iafallo was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury sustained late in an overtime victory in Detroit on Monday night.

More to come on this story.

UP NEXT

The Kings play at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

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