Wilson's three points fuel comeback as Preds beat Kings

Friday, January 7, 2011 at 1:14am
Staff reports

Colin Wilson had a career-high three points — all in the second period — as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at the Staples Center.

It was the Predators’ fourth straight victory and just the third time this season they scored five or more goals. All of their scoring came in the final 33 minutes, capped by third-period goals from Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist.

Los Angeles lost its fifth straight and missed an opportunity to pass Nashville in the Western Conference standings.

Wilson, a 2008 first-round draft pick, had a goal and two assists as the Predators took the lead with three goals in a span of 5:31.

He started the run when he scored on the power play. That was exactly one minute after the Kings had gone in front 2-0. He then added the primary assist on goals by Mark Svatos and Hornqvist.

It was Wilson’s third multi-point performance in the past five contests.

Hornqvist (two goals) and Kostitsyn (one goal, two assists) each has scored in four straight games.

Defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter each had a pair of assists.

Svatos’ goal was his first since the Predators claimed him off waivers fewer than two weeks ago. He spent the first part of this season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and did not have a point in his first three games following his return to the NHL.

Goalie Anders Lindback played for the first time since Dec. 22 and made 24 saves for his 10th victory. In so doing, he snapped a personal two-game losing streak.

Nashville concludes its current stretch of three road games in four nights Saturday at San Jose (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).