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Austin Watson committed a penalty that allowed the Nashville Predators last game to slip away from them. The grinding forward made up for it two nights later with a rare scoring outburst to beat the Los Angeles Kings. Watson scored two goals, P.K. Subban added two assists and the Predators sent the Kings to their first regulation loss at home since mid-November https://www.predatorsuniformshop.com/Miikka_Salomaki_Jersey-30, 4-3 Saturday night.Article continues below ... Roman Josi and Scott Hartnell scored early goals and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for the Predators, who wrapped up a three-game West Coast road trip with their first win. Watson beat Jonathan Quick late in the second period for his first goal since Nov. 28, and he followed it up with the eventual game-winner early in the third. Redemption was sweet for Watson, who is still stinging after taking the interference penalty that allowed lowly Arizona to score the tying goal in the Coyotes overtime win on Thursday. I think we all know the way the Arizona game ended wasnt particularly good for me, and something that I wasnt very happy with, Watson said. To come out here and be a factor in getting this win here tonight, and helping our team bounce back and get the two points that we needed, it was important for me to do. It was a great game all around for us. Watson recorded his first multi-goal game since last May in the Western Conference finals clincher against Anaheim. Watson has already matched his career high for a season with five goals in 39 games  the same number that he scored in 77 games last season. Nashville scored four goals in a game for the first time since Dec Nashville Predators Jerseys. 19. The defending Western Conference champions played their third straight game without leading scorer Filip Forsberg, who could be out for six weeks with an upper-body injury. Most of the Predators spent the afternoon watching the Tennessee Titans playoff victory over Kansas City, and they translated that excitement into a solid effort against another playoff contender. Theyre not going to go away, Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of the Kings. Theyre a good hockey team. There a reason why they sit where they sit in the standings, and we knew that. I thought the guys competed really hard in the last eight to 10 minutes of the game. Adrian Kempe, Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings, who lost their second straight. Los Angeles is 5-5-2 over the last month, falling out of first place in the Pacific Division. I think theyre as good a team as there is in the Western Conference, and that was a good measuring stick for us, Kings coach John Stevens said. I felt like we had some self-inflicted wounds and some penalty trouble early. It seemed like every time we climbed back in, we got a little bit further behind. Our team game was pretty solid. I just felt like we needed everybody tonight, and we didnt quite have everybody. But theyre a good team, and we have some work to do. Toffoli got his team-leading 18th goal of the season, and Quick stopped 16 shots. It wasnt enough to avoid a disappointing finale before the Kings bye week. Los Angeles hadnt lost in regulation at home since Nov. 22 against Winnipeg, the day before Thanksgiving. The Kings produced a strong third period and repeatedly threatened Rinne, but failed to score after Toffoli power-play goal with 1136 to play. I think we were competitive tonight, but we just had a couple of mental mistakes https://www.predatorsuniformshop.com/Matt_Irwin_Jersey-29, Lewis said. The break is good, I think. Get rested and reloaded and ready to go for the home stretch here.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks each will be missing a key player when they meet Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will sit out at least that game because of an upper-body injury. Canucks winger Derek Dorsett has been sent back to Vancouver for evaluation after experiencing a recurrence of problems following cervical fusion surgery nearly a year ago. Malkin was injured Saturday in a game against Chicago. He participated in a rigorous practice Monday but did not take the ice Tuesday. He has not been ruled out for Friday game at Boston Olli Maatta Jersey.Article continues below ... Dorsett situation seems more tenuous. His comeback from what could have been a career-threatening situation a year ago that caused numbness in his arms seemed to be going well. He now has neck and back stiffness. Before the Canucks beat the Flyers 5-2 without him Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Dorsett had nine points in 20 games, including a share of the team lead in goals with seven. He led the team with 39 hits and led the NHL with 74 penalty minutes. Dorsett left Monday practice early. I think the symptoms just slowly came around over the last week or so, Vancouver coach Travis Green said. They just felt like he was better off if he went back and got tested. He had a great start to the year. He been a big part of our team. Hopefully, he joining our group again soon. The game at Philadelphia kicked off a season-high six-game trip for the Canucks  who are 7-3-0 on the road. Weve got two tough games back-to-back, Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson said, adding that his club strong road record is no fluke. I think we keep the same process in every game. Weve been good on the road, though, he said. Weve gone into some tough buildings and won some key games. We just need to continue doing that. In Pittsburgh , they will face a team that is 6-1-1 at home. The Penguins will be at PPG Paints Arena for six of their next eight games, which could give them a chance to work on several aspects of their game. They have won two of their past three games but have been critical of their play. Weve just got to find that consistency, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. Our game has been there in spurts, but not necessarily for full games.  just limiting our mistakes and finding a way to put whole games together and give ourselves a chance to string some wins together. Malkin absence could be a hardship for the Penguins beyond the fact that he has seven goals and 21 points Phil Kessel Jersey, second to linemate Phil Kessel in team scoring. Without Malkin, the center lineup behind Crosby gets murky. At practice Tuesday, winger Jake Guentzel shifted to Malkin normal spot  a situation that probably isnt a long-term solution but could work for a game or two. I dont mind him , Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. He a cerebral player. I think he distributes the puck well. He has a good, solid two-way game. He played center. He played a lot of center in college  so it not something that he unfamiliar with. He a good player. If we do choose to use him there, I think he can make that adjustment fine. That might not be needed, though, if Carter Rowney is able to come back from a broken hand to join Crosby, Riley Sheahan and Greg McKegg at center. Rowney got clearance to practice with contact Tuesday.
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