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  • NASHVILLE Adam Henrique Jersey , Tenn. (AP) — Tampa Bay and tied a record with one of his boyhood heroes in the process.Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist, Rinne stopped 29 shots, and the Nashville Predators beat the Lightning 3-2 on Monday night.It was Rinne’s 319th victory, tying him with Miikka Kiprusoff for most NHL wins by a Finnish-born goaltender.“For sure it’s a cool thing,” he said. “Kiprusoff is one of my heroes for sure. I got to play against him and things like that, but when I was a teenager growing up, I looked up to him. To me, he’s the greatest Finnish goalie. It’s pretty cool that I’m tied with him.”Rinne improved to 9-0-1 in his career against the Lightning. His best save came on Brayden Point’s breakaway in the first period. He also denied J.T. Miller and Victor Hedman in an 11-second span late in the second after the Predators were hemmed in their zone for a prolonged period of time following an icing.Kyle Turris and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight.“We know that they’re one of the top teams in the league, and it ended up being a good game, a good matchup Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey ,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.Hedman and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which snapped its two-game winning streak. Louis Domingue finished with 31 saves.Forsberg gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 6:43 of the second. Skating into the Lightning zone on the right side,Mattias Ekholm left a drop pass for his Swedish countryman just inside the blue line. Forsberg skated to the left faceoff dot and snapped a quick wrist shot high to Domingue’s glove side.“We have to have better starts,” Lightning forward Alex Killorn said. “We haven’t had great starts as of late. If we can do that, it will be a much different game for us.”Johansen made it 3-1 at 10:16 of the second when he tipped Craig Smith’s wrist shot from the right side over Domingue’s stick.“I think for a fan, tonight’s game was awesome,” Johansen said. “They got to see two of the top teams in the league right now going toe to toe. We did a lot of good things. They did good things. Ultimately, we found a way to get the win done.”Late in the second, Killorn had an apparent goal disallowed as he was sent to the penalty box for tripping Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis.“They dictated the pace in the first half, and we dictated in the second half,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We both scored three Brandon Montour Jersey Kids , one was called back. That was the ultimate difference in the game.”Kucherov pulled the Lightning within one at 3:25 of the third. Point carried the puck in on the right side and found Kucherov skating through the slot, where he made a move on Rinne before beating him with a backhand.Rinne gloved down another attempt by Kucherov all alone in front with 7:31 left in the third to preserve the Nashville lead.In the final seconds of the third, Ekholm pulled a puck off of the goal line after Hedman’s shot hit Rinne and trickled behind the Finnish netminder toward the goal line.Hedman scored the game’s first goal at 5:10 of the opening period. Carrying the puck into the Nashville zone on the left side, Hedman pulled up at the top of the left faceoff circle and ripped a slap shot over Rinne’s glove.Turris tied it with 4:41 left in the first. Tampa Bay killed of 53 seconds of a Predators two-man advantage, but with just 3 seconds remaining in the second penalty, Turris beat Domingue with a slap shot from the right faceoff dot just inside the near post.Turris has goals in back-to-back games.NOTES: Lightning D Erik Cernak picked up the secondary assist on Hedman’s goal, registering his first career NHL point. … Tampa Bay D Ryan McDonagh got his 200th career assist. … Ekholm has 100 career NHL assists. … Nashville D Roman Josi has four assists in his last three games.UP NEXTLightning: Host Florida on Wednesday night.Predators: Host St. Louis on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid their longest losing streak in nearly 11 years when they begin a seven-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.The Kings (2-7-1) have lost six in a row and haven’t led at any point during that streak. Los Angeles hasn’t lost seven in a row since an eight-game skid in January 2008.“Losing in this game is not enjoyable,” Kings coach John Stevens told reporters after a 4-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. “We’re in this business to win, so at the end of the day, results are two points whether you do good things or don’t do good things.”Article continues below ...The Rangers (3-6-1) are also looking for improvement after coach David Quinn said they played their worst game of the season on Thursday night in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, which opened a four-game road trip.New York was outshot 37-19 and produced just one shot on goal in the third period.“We’ve done a good job of skating and competing Womens Cam Fowler Jersey , but that certainly wasn’t the case tonight,” Quinn said.The Kings should get a boost with the return of right winger Dustin Brown, who broke a finger in the final preseason game and has been sidelined since. Brown, who will turn 34 on Nov. 4, scored a career-high 61 points last season and was plus-31 in 81 games.Brown’s offensive abilities couldn’t arrive at a better time. The Kings haven’t scored more than two goals in each of their past six losses, and haven’t led since a 3-0 win on Oct. 11 at the Montreal Canadiens.“We’ve just got to bear down offensively, especially in the blue paint, inside the dots,” Stevens said. “Those are the areas, I think, that we can come up with some more pucks if we get a few more pucks to the net. You can’t play perfect. You can’t win 1-0 every night. It’s tough to win that way.”The Kings will likely be up against veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist Corey Perry Jersey , in his 14th NHL season.Lundqvist has started eight of 10 games this season and owns a 2-5-1 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.Lundqvist has struggled at Staples Center in recent years, however.He lost all three of his starts in Los Angeles during the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals and the Kings won the series in five games. He has lost both appearances at Staples Center since those Finals as well, giving up seven goals on 66 shots (.894 save percentage).Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid left in the first period of the loss to Chicago with an unspecified injury and his availability against the Kings is in doubt. Tony DeAngelo, another right-shot defenseman, would likely slide into the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch the past six games.The Kings are hoping the next seven games on their home ice will help turn their season around.“We always want to be a good home team, so no better time to go home than right now and get things back on track,” Kings forward Anze Kopitar said.
      March 13, 2019 3:21 AM CDT