NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Steve Sullivan had goal and an assist, and Marek Zidlicky added three assists as the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Thursday night.

The Predators, playing for the second straight night, took control quickly with two goals in the first period and two in the second, then gave up three Los Angeles goals in the third.

Scottie Upshall gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game with his first score of the season, on a slap shot from a few feet inside the blue line that beat Los Angeles goaltender Jason Labarbera.

Paul Kariya made it 2-0 about 3 minutes later with a breakaway down the middle of the slot that ended with a wrist shot low to Labarbera’s stick side.

Steve Sullivan scored from the inside edge of the right circle that went behind Labarbera at 5:45 of the second. Playing with a two-man advantage, Adam Hall put the Predators up 4-0 with a shot from in front of the net to Labarberas stick side at 10:17.

Kariya missed a scoring chance in the second when he failed to score on a penalty shot at 16:16.

The Kings got on the board at 1:11 of the third period when Derek Armstrong skated in from the left side and fired a wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun to his glove side.

Armstrong scored again at 17:27 with a wrist shot from low inside the left circle.

Joe Corvo closed out the scoring for Los Angeles with 51 seconds left.

Notes: Zidlicky has six points in his last three games. Nashvilles Danny Markov left the game with a groin injury in the third period. Hall has a career-high four-game streak with at least one point. The Kings Eric Belanger ended a six-game point-scoring streak.


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