Rinne, Forsberg lead Predators over Kings 5-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 19 saves, Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 on Thursday night.
Craig Smith, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored. Ryan Johansen had three assists.
Making his first start since representing the Predators in last weekend’s All-Star Game, Rinne earned his fifth shutout of the season and 48th of his career.
Jonathan Quick returned after missing the Kings’ previous two games with an undisclosed injury. He made 31 saves.
Smith scored first at 10:02 of the opening period on a power play, about a minute after Johansen had a goal disallowed. Los Angeles challenged Johansen’s score, and after video review, officials determined that Arvidsson pushed Kings defenseman Drew Doughty into goalie Jonathan Quick prior to Johansen’s shot.
Forsberg made it 2-0 at 16:02 of the first. With Nashville on a prolonged two-man advantage, Forsberg beat Quick with a wrist shot that deflected in off of the diving goaltender.
The Predators activated Forsberg off injured reserve earlier Thursday. He missed Nashville’s previous 11 games with an upper-body injury.
Jarnkrok took advantage of Doughty’s turnover and made it 3-0 at 17:21 of the first, finally swatting a backhand past Quick on the short side after two attempts.
Sissons ended a 29-game goalless stretch when he beat Quick at 11:01 of the second, and Arvidsson scored at 9:44 of the third.
NOTES: Quick is 5-10-2 in his career against Nashville. ... Jake Muzzin and Anze Kopitar ended their six-game point streaks for LA. ... The Predators have not allowed a power-play goal in their last four games. ... Nashville is 25-2-3 when scoring first this season.
Kings: Host Arizona on Saturday.
Predators: Host New York Rangers on Saturday.
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