Erat returns, leads Predators to victory over Kings

Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 6:30pm
Staff reports

Martin Erat returned from an ankle injury and had two assists as the Nashville Predators defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Saturday.

They were the first two assists of the season for Erat, who had one goal in 11 games before being injured. His last appearance was Oct. 28 at Minnesota.

Erat had the primary assist on the game’s first goal, scored by defenseman Francis Bouillon on a second-period power play. He then had the primary assist when defenseman Cody Franson made it 2-0 at 4:52 of the third period.

Franson also had an assist on Bouillon’s goal for the second two-point game of his career.

The victory was Nashville’s fourth straight at Los Angeles and fifth straight overall against the Kings.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves for the victory, his first since Oct. 8. He improved to 5-1 all-time against the Kings.

Joel Ward scored the Predators’ third goal, with an assist from David Legwand, 1:20 after Los Angeles had cut the lead to 2-1.

Nashville continues its current road trip Tuesday at San Jose.