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NHL: Los Angeles 4, Nashville 2

NASHVILLE, March 16 (UPI) -- Wayne Simmonds' second-period goal proved to be game-winner and Anze Kopitar added two points Tuesday in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-2 verdict over Nashville.

Simmonds fired home a Kopitar feed from the left circle for a 3-1 Kings lead midway through the middle frame as Los Angeles stayed in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race with its fourth straight win.

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Kopitar also scored in the first period while playing in his 325th straight game, breaking a Kings longevity mark held for 29 years by Marcel Dionne.

Alec Martinez and Dustin Brown scored and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 30 saves for the win, which at least temporarily vaulted the Los Angeles into fourth place in the West.

The Predators remained one point shy of the eighth and final Western playoff slot.

Jonathon Blum and J.P. Dumont scored and Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on just 17 shots for Nashville.

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