NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators appeared to be better than the Los Angeles Kings everywhere but on the scoreboard Thursday night.
Unfortunately for them, that is the only place it counts.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots in regulation and overtime, then all three in the shootout as Los Angeles recorded a 2-1 win at Bridgestone Arena.
Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for the Predators (3-3-1) and stopped Los Angeles' first two tries in the shootout, but Anze Kopitar beat him to improve the Kings to 5-3-0 on the season.
Each team scored a goal in a wildly entertaining opening period which saw both teams fire 15 shots at net.
Nashville took the lead at 10:33 as Matt Cullen scored his first goal, roofing the rebound of a Craig Smith shot over the glove of Quick. The score capped a four-minute sequence in which the Predators squeezed off a half-dozen shots on Quick.
Los Angeles exerted more pressure near the period's end and came up with the equalizer at 19:18 as Slava Voynov rifled a wrist shot past Rinne for his second goal in as many games. Mike Richards' pretty cross-ice feed from left to right set up the tally.
Quick kept the game tied after two periods with a terrific save on a point-blank shot from Matt Hendricks, part of a Nashville flurry which saw it outshoot the Kings 7-1 in the first half of the second period.
Both goalies came up big in the third to help force overtime. Quick stoned Victor Bartley on a wrister from the slot just over halfway through the period. Rinne followed by denying Justin Williams on a pair of great chances during a Los Angeles power play in regulation's last five minutes.
The Predators then got a power play in overtime when Alec Martinez was cited for high-sticking Ryan Ellis at 1:29. But Quick turned in a clutch save on Patric Hornqvist as he tried to stuff the puck in on the goalie's stick side.
NOTES: Rinne played his 300th career NHL game, all with the Predators. He started all seven games this season after offseason hip surgery. ... The game matched two of the league's top teams in faceoff percentage. Nashville came in having won 56.2 percent of draws, good for third, and Los Angeles was right behind at 55.8 percent. ... Predators D Roman Josi (concussion) remains on injured reserve after being hurt Oct. 4 in Colorado. It's not known when Josi will be able to return. ... The Kings have played six of their first eight matches away from Staples Center, but will start a four-game homestand Saturday night against Dallas.