Dan Ellis #39 of the Nashville Predators blocks the penalty shot against Kyle Brodziak #51 of the Edmonton Oilers on January 03, 2008 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Nashville had a great chance to score early in the first period. Martin Erat had the puck at the top of the crease and tried to backhand it past Garon but the Oilers netminder made a big pad save.
Going back the other way, Robert Nilsson redirected a pass from Dustin Penner but the puck went over the crossbar.
Garon made a brilliant save midway through the period on Jason Arnott and then came back across to rob Ville Koistonen.
However, J-P Dumont skated in to roof the third rebound over Garon for the power play goal.
1:24 later, the Oilers got their signals crossed on a line change which gave Jerred Smithson a breakaway. He made no mistake, firing it low past Garon to double the Predators' lead to 2-0.
Edmonton had a power play several minutes later when Jordin Tootoo was sent off for roughing and didn't score on the man advantage but did pick up some momentum.
Zack Stortini drew the penalty to Tootoo and kept on the aggressive forechecking in his next shift following the penalty. It paid off in his first goal of the season as he lifted the puck over a fallen Dan Ellis to close the gap to 2-1.
A couple minutes later, Alexander Radulov scored a highlight reel goal to help Nashville regain its two-goal lead. He carried the puck into the Edmonton zone, maneouvered around Dick Tarnstrom and shot it five hole in the slot past Garon.
Shots on goal after one were 20-9 for Nashville.
A penalty to Tom Gilbert early in the second gave Nashville the power play and they connected to take a 4-1 lead. Jason Arnott put the puck in on a scramble in front for the goal.
A Too Many Men penalty for the Oilers put Edmonton down a man. On the ensuing power play, Kyle Brodziak created a turnover and skated in alone on the Predators net. He was upended on the play, giving him his first career penalty shot.
Brodziak skated wide to the right on the penalty shot before cutting across the slot. His attempted backhand couldn't get over Ellis.
Late on that same man advantage, Nashville almost got their fifth goal. A shot from the point snuck through Garon but Gilbert knocked the puck away before it crossed the line.
Shots in the second period were 11-6 for Edmonton but Nashville still had the overall edge in the game at 26-20.
The Oilers had an opportunity to get back in the game early in the third period after Marek Zidlicky took a tripping penalty.
On the ensuing power play, Pisani slid the puck across the slot to Moreau at the left circle and his shot beat Dan Ellis for the goal.
2:59 later, Alexander Radulov wristed a shot from the slot past Garon to make it a three-goal game once again.