Nashville Predators right wing Martin Erat, right, battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards, middle, and Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles defensemen Alec Martinez and Drew Doughty each got their first goal of the season. Simon Gagne also scored for the Kings and Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams and Dustin Penner had two assists apiece.
The game featured a matchup of backup goalies, with Jonathan Bernier making 27 saves for his first victory of the season in three starts, and Nashville's Andres Lindback stopping 26 shots.
Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist and rookie Craig Smith scored for Nashville.
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