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Grimaldi, Smith help Predators beat Kings 4-1

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok, left, passes the puck as he and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez fall to the ice during the secon...
Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Rocco Grimaldi, left, and defenseman Jarred Tinordi during the ...
Nashville Predators right wing Rocco Grimaldi, left, and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Roy vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hock...
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne deflects a shot during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sat...
Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford, left, fights with Nashville Predators defenseman Jarred Tinordi during the first period of an NHL hockey ga...
Nashville Predators right wing Rocco Grimaldi, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Craig Smith during the first period of the team's NHL hockey...
Nashville Predators center Colin Blackwell, right, works for the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Walker during the first period of an N...
Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith, right front, moves the puck as Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo, left, gives chase during the firs...

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok, left, passes the puck as he and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez fall to the ice during the secon...

Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Rocco Grimaldi, left, and defenseman Jarred Tinordi during the ...

Nashville Predators right wing Rocco Grimaldi, left, and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Roy vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hock...

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne deflects a shot during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sat...

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford, left, fights with Nashville Predators defenseman Jarred Tinordi during the first period of an NHL hockey ga...

Nashville Predators right wing Rocco Grimaldi, right, celebrates his goal with right wing Craig Smith during the first period of the team's NHL hockey...

Nashville Predators center Colin Blackwell, right, works for the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Walker during the first period of an N...

Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith, right front, moves the puck as Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo, left, gives chase during the firs...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocco Grimaldi and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist to help the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Roman Josi had two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high nine games, tying Shea Weber for the longest streak in franchise history by a defensaeman. Ryan Johansen and Yakov Trenin also scored, and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves.

Alex Iafallo scored on the power play and Jack Campbell made 34 saves for the Kings, who have lost five of their last seven games.

Grimaldi made it 1-0 at 10:21 of the first period by scoring off his own rebound, with Josi getting the secondary assist.

Johansen extended the lead to 2-0 with 14 seconds remaining by burying a one-timer off Josi’s pass.

Josi has seven goals and 10 assists during his point streak, including nine assists in his past five games.. Weber had a point in nine straight games Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011.

Iafallo cut the deficit to 2-1 at 5:57 of the second period with a wrist shot from the slot after Tyler Toffoli stole the puck from Josi in the offensive zone. Iafallo has two goals and five assists during a six-game point streak.

Trenin put the Predators back up 3-1 at 9:37 of the third, tipping Matt Irwin’s shot from the point to send the puck bouncing in.

Smith made it 4-1 at 10:46.

NOTES: Predators F Matt Duchene was a late scratch because of illness. ... Predators D Dante Fabbro (upper body) is day-to-day. ... Kings D Joakim Ryan (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

UP NEXT

Predators: At Anaheim on Sunday.

Kings: Host Columbus on Monday.

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Updated : 2021-06-19 09:04 GMT+08:00