Martin Erat scored his fourth goal in six games, but the Nashville Predators got little else in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Los Angeles.
The Kings pulled away with three third-period goals and outshot the Predators 27-21 for the contest. They also won for the third time in four meetings with Nashville this season.
Mike Fisher got one back with 2:42 remaining. It was his 22nd of the season, which moved him back into a tie with Patric Hornqvist foe the team lead.
Erat tied it 1-1 when he scored on the power play at 13:43 of the second period. It was his 18th of the season, which is one more than he had in all of 2010-11, and raised his team-high point total to 54.
Dustin Penner’s goal at 8:04 of the third period put Los Angeles back in front more good. A little more than eight minutes later the lead was three goals.
Through three games of the current four-game road trip, which concludes Sunday at Anaheim (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee), Erat has five points (two goals, three assists).
The Predators have lost their last two, their first back-to-back defeats in more than a month. This was their first loss by more than a goal since a 3-0 loss to the Rangers in New York on Jan. 17.
Nashville also lost a point to Detroit in the Western Conference standings. The Red Wings lost Saturday at San Jose but still earned one point because that game went to overtime.