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NHL scores 2014: Predators take out Kings in shootout, Ducks outlast Flames

Nashville and L.A. needed the skills competition to settle things. Elsewhere, Ryan Miller shut out the Devils

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Not to be a braggart here, but we told you the game between the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators was going to be the one to watch and it totally was.

The Predators knocked off the Kings 4-3 in a shootout in a game that featured both teams trading goals and trading shots off the post. Ultimately, Nashville wound out coming away with the win when James Neal scored in the sixth round of the shootout. The two sides combined for six different goal scorers and Pekka Rinne outlasted Martin Jones in goal.

If the Kings and Predators are going to wind up meeting each other in the postseason down the road, sign us up because this was the sort of game you hope to get in the playoffs.

Elsewhere, the St. Louis Blues blew a 2-0 lead to the Ottawa Senators and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Erik Condra and Alex Chiasson scored to even it up in regulation and Bobby Ryan scored the winner in the shootout. The real bad news for St. Louis came when Brian Elliott left the game with an injury. Some Blues fans wanted Jake Allen to be the man this year, although they didn't want to happen this way.

All the NHL scores

Jets 4, Blue Jackets 2

Senators 3, Blues 2 (F-SO)

Predators 4, Kings 3 (F-SO)

Stars 3, Oilers 2

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (F-OT)

Canucks 2, Devils 0

Ducks 3, Flames 2

Three Things We Learned

1. Wake up the Devils. Is it time to start putting Peter DeBoer on the hot seat? It might be. New Jersey lost a listless 2-0 game to the Canucks and have lost four of the past five and eight of the past 11 games. Cory Schneider played well, stopping 34 shots, but the offense was nowhere to be seen. We know the Devils can be better than this but it's not coming together.

2. Mike Smith has the worst luck. Smith was victimized in overtime when a Daniel Briere attempted pass was accidentally knocked past him by teammate Martin Hanzal. It was just on Sunday Smith tumbled to the ice behind his own net and gave up an easy goal to Anaheim. Add those to the goal that wound up in his pants against Buffalo last season and Smith might start wondering if he was born under a bad sign.

3. The Jets don't look half bad. OK sure, they beat Columbus which hasn't been hard to do this season, but they've got 25 points and they're tied with Chicago in the Central Division. On Wednesday they'll be in Buffalo against the Sabres and they could be sitting even prettier when it's all over. The goaltending has been good, the goals are coming, and the defense hasn't been half-bad. These sound like backhanded compliments, but they are not.

Impact Moment

How the Colorado Avalanche won (via @myregularface):

Stat of the Night

It's been a great start to the season for Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg. His knucklepuck goal in the first period gave him new distinction in Dallas history.

Post to Post

Did you know that going for the big hit isn't always the best idea? Now you do

Ever seen popcorn thrown at a fight? It really adds to the scene

The Blue Jackets got off to the worst start giving up a goal 9 seconds into the game

John Klingberg dusted off an old favorite: The Knucklepuck. From center ice no less!