The Fangover: Fisher scores twice late to seal 3-2 win over LA

Mike Fisher's two late third period goals lifted the Nashville Predators to their first win in six games. Saturday night, Nashville defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

Fisher's first goal of the game appeared to be the game-winner with 3:18 remaining in regulation on the man advantage. However, Kings' forward Jeff Carter tied the game at two goals a piece with the extra attacker at 19:23 in the third period. 

Everyone was prepared for overtime and the hometown crowd was silenced — for a few seconds.

Ten seconds after Carter's goal, Fisher answered back with his second of the night and the game-winner. Colin Wilson threw the puck out in front to Fisher, who deflected it off Ben Scrivens and just over the goal line. The play was reviewed, but "The War Room" allowed the goal stand. 

Also scoring for Nashville and Los Angeles, respectively, was Patric Hornqvist off a rebound at 14:42 in the first period and Anze Kopitar from the top of the right circle on the power play at 7:05 in the second. Prior to Hornqvist's goal, the Kings had not allowed an opening period goal in twenty-one of the last twenty-two games. 

Marek Mazanec made twenty-six saves in first start since December 7 in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Scrivens made twenty-nine saves. 

Postgame Thoughts

– At 2:43 into the first period, Kyle Clifford defended his teammate Slava Voynov after getting hit by Matt Hendricks. Below is the fight. 

– December 5 against Carolina, Mike Fisher scored his seventh of the season. Eleven games later, Fisher has finally found the back of the net, twice, for his eighth and ninth of 2013-14. In order to win, the Preds need goals from top players like Fisher every night. 

– Paul Gaustad had an extremely rough night statistically. The go-to center in the faceoff dot won four of eleven (36%). Also, Gaustad took two minor penalties. One of which was the power play when Anze Kopitar scored.

– We saw a much better start from the Predators Saturday night. Not only did they not get scored on before the first media timeout, they weren't scored onn at all in the first period! That is a major improvement and is  why they were able to play their game, not having to worry about mustering up a goal while behind on the scoreboard. 

Scoring Summary

NSH 0-1: Patric Hornqvist – Fisher and Jones at 14:42 in the 1st

LAK 1-1: PP Anze Kopitar – Voynov and Doughty at 7:05 in the 2nd

NSH 1-2: PP Mike Fisher – Hornqvist and Weber at 16:42 in the 3rd

LAK 2-2: Jeff Carter – Kopitar and King at 19:23 in the 3rd

NSH 2-3: Mike Fisher (2) – Wilson and Jones (2) at 19:33 in the 3rd

Goaltending Stats

NSH: Marek Mazanec (W) – 25 saves on 26 shots; played 59:32

LAK: Ben Scrivens (L) –  28 saves on 31 shots; played 59:05

My Three Stars

1. Mike Fisher: 2 Goals, 1 Assist

2. Patric Hornqvist: Goal and Assist

3. Marek Mazanec: 25 saves

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Clune and Ekholm

Predators starters: Wilson, Fisher, Hornqvist, Jones, Ekholm and Mazanec

Kings scratches: Carcillo, Frattin and Fraser

Kings starters: Brown, Stoll, Williams, Doughty, Mitchell, and Scrivens

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – LA

Faceoffs Report