Smyth Helps 1st-Place Kings Win 4th Straight
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Smyth scored a goal in his 1,000 NHL regular-season game and the league-leading Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Jonathan Bernier, who signed a two-year contract extension on Oct. 4, made 25 saves in his fourth start this season. He lost his shutout bid when Shane O’Brien beat him high to the glove side with a slap shot from the left circle — Nashville’s final shot — with 2:24 to play. Bernier stopped 34 shots on March 30 at Nashville in a 2-0 win for his only NHL shutout.
Anze Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist, and Willie Mitchell had two assists for the Kings (10-3), who are off to their best start since going 10-1-1 in the 1980-81 season.
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