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Kings Hunted by Preds 5-2

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The Kings have been consistent lately. Consistently bad that is. Despite head coach Terry Murray's shake up of the lines, the Kings continued to spiral downward in their embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

“We're not competing, we're not doing those little things and our work ethic is low so that's going to be the result,” captain Dustin Brown said. It's hard to argue with him.

The Kings played perhaps their worst 19 minutes of hockey this season in the first period. Missed passes, giveaways and bad timing plagued the Kings as they had to rely on Jonathan Bernier saving 11 shots to keep it at a scoreless deadlock heading into the first intermission.

They seemed to get their act together in the final minute of the period getting a couple of good scoring chances and parlayed that into the second period where they took a 2-0 lead thanks to Kyle Clifford's goal on a two-on-one breakaway with Marco Sturm at 2:16 and Jarret Stoll's power-play goal at 7:57 while Predators netminder Anders Lindback's stick lying helplessly behind the net.

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With that 2-0 lead it seemed that the storm had passed. So it seemed.