After falling in a disappointing 5-0 defeat Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, the Oilers were looking to establish a solid offensive game in the team's search for a rebound result. Although the Oilers got things rolling early courtesy of an Ales Hemsky
goal at 1:05 of the opening period, Boston would take over from that point and impose their will on the emotionally stubborn hometown club.
The Oilers started a four game homestand with two disappointing losses against the Blues and Bruins, and were looking to secure another win against the Nashville Predators, a team they had shutout 4-0 in February. It was the Oilers first game since trading power forward Dustin Penner. With the absence of Penner, the younger Oilers were forced to step up and fill his role.
The first period started off slow for the Oilers, where they were being out shot 14-3 thirteen minutes into the game. Nashville got on the board first, but Jim Vandermeer tied it at one just 41 seconds later with a seeing-eye shot that got past traffic and eventually past goaltender Pekka Rinne. The first period ended with the game tied at one, which was impressive considering the Oilers were being outshot 18-7 after the first 20 minutes.
The score remained tied at one through the next two periods, as well as the OT session. In the ensuing shootout session, Jordan Eberle
and Linus Omark
scored for the Oilers, which proved to be enough for a win.
Martin Gerber was in goal tonight, stopping 34 of 35 shots and 3 of 4 shootout chances.
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