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Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) clears Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, from in front of the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) clears Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, from in front of the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(AP) Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.


Slava Voynov scored for the Kings, who have won four of five.


Kopitar skated down the right side and elevated a backhand over the left shoulder of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.


Matt Cullen scored his first goal with the Predators at 10:33 of the opening period for the early lead. Nashville finished a five-game homestand 3-2.


After Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made a diving save to deny Nashville's Gabriel Bourque from the slot, Cullen was able to corral the puck in traffic, move to open space, and then beat a fallen Quick with a wrist shot from the right side.


Nashville has scored first in three consecutive games.


Los Angeles tied it just before the first intermission when Voynov scored at 19:18.


At the left faceoff dot, Mike Richards froze Rinne and then fired a cross-ice pass to Voynov in the right circle, where he was able to beat a diving Rinne for his second goal of the season.


Voynov has scored in consecutive games.


With just over six minutes remaining in the third, Rinne denied Mike Richards on a short-handed breakaway attempt to keep the game tied at 1.


Nashville had the only power-play opportunity of overtime, but Quick denied both Nashville shots on the man advantage, both by Patric Hornqvist.


NOTES: Rinne played his 300th career NHL game. ... Nashville C Craig Smith has points in three straight games. . Jeff Carter has 18 points in 15 career games played against Nashville.


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