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Kings Beat Predators 5-1 With Carter's Hat Trick

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2013 11:15 AM
Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates his third goal of the game, for a hat trick over Nashville Predators in the third period on Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo) Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates his third goal of the game, for a hat trick over Nashville Predators in the third period on Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Carter completed his fifth career hat trick with two goals in a 19-second span of the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Monday night despite taking only 16 shots on net.

Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves and has won five consecutive starts for the first time in his NHL career, equaling his entire win total from last season in 16 games.

The five-year veteran didn't play at all during the Kings' Stanley Cup championship run as Jonathan Quick captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP.

Mike Richards and Dwight King also scored during a four-goal third period and defenseman Slava Voynov had a career-high three assists.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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