Kings after two periods: Kings 4, Nashville 0
The Kings broke the game open in the second period at Staples Center and chased Pekka Rinne from the Predators' net. He was replaced by Anders Lindback after giving up the Kings’ fourth goal, by Jarret Stoll.
Ryan Smyth extended the Kings’ lead to 3-0 at 6:47 of the middle period on a goal like so many others he has scored during his career. Rob Scuderi took a shot that bounced around in front of the crease, and with Rinne by the left post Smyth fought for position and slipped a sweet backhander inside the right post for his fourth goal this season. Scuderi and Justin Williams got the assists.
Stoll made it 4-0 at 10:47 when he went to his backhand to roof the rebound of a Jack Johnson shot. The play was reviewed to be sure the puck had crossed the goal line, and a review affirmed that it was a goal, Stoll’s fifth this season. Johnson and Williams got the assists.
Defenseman Willie Mitchell played only two shifts in the period, raising the question of whether he's injured. The Kings haven't said anything yet but I'll pass along whatever information they dole out. Bet on it being either an upper-body injury or a lower-body injury.
Photo: Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier stops a shot as teammate Matt Greene and Nashville's Jordin Tootoo scramble for the loose puck. Credit: Victor Decolongon / Getty Images