Edmonton started the game much like Saturday's game against Vancouver ended as Zack Stortini dropped the gloves with Nashville's Darcy Hordichuk. Stortini got plenty of shots in on the Predators enforcer in the fight.
The Predators got on the board near the midway point of the opening period when Scott Nichol scored to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Nichol blasted a one-timer from the high slot that beat Garon low to the stick side.
Garon made up for that goal several minutes later, stopping Radek Bonk on two successive chances in close. The Oilers goaltender stopped both shots with his left pad.
Nashville finally did extend their lead to 2-0 with six minutes to play in the first. Alexander Radulov snapped a shot from the slot through traffic over the shoulder of Garon.
With just over a minute to go in the first, Sam Gagner knocked the puck down at the Predators blueline and then fired a pass to Fernando Pisani in the slot. Pisani slipped the puck through the legs of Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis, narrowing the gap to 2-1.
Shots on goal after one period were 13-11 for the Predators.
Edmonton received its first power play of the game 1:16 into the second period after Greg de Vries clipped Ethan Moreau with a high stick.
Several minutes after the penalty expired, Nashville scored to regain their two-goal lead. With Nashville forechecking hard and creating several chances in the Edmonton end, Jordin Tootoo blasted a one-timer from the left circle that beat Garon and made it 3-1.
Midway through the second, Curtis Glencross was upended high in the Nashville zone to draw a penalty, putting Edmonton on their second power play of the night.
This time the Oilers connected. After sustained pressure for almost the entire two minutes, the puck squirted to the high slot following a shot on goal from Pisani. Grebeshkov picked it up and flicked it past Ellis for the goal.
A couple minutes later, the "Young Guns" line of Nilsson, Gagner and Cogliano connected to tie the game at 3-3. Nilsson threaded the puck over to Gagner at the left circle where his shot bounced in off a Predators defender and in for the goal.
23 seconds later, Marty Reasoner roofed a shot from the left faceoff dot over the shoulder of Ellis to give Edmonton their first lead of the night at 4-3.
However, that lead was shortlived. Nashville scored to tie the game once again 23 seconds after the Oilers took the lead. Jason Arnott redirected a shot from Greg de Vries for the goal.
Shots on goal after two periods were 22-19 for Edmonton.
25 seconds into the third period, Shea Weber rang a hard backhand shot off the post behind Garon. Two minutes in, Nichol blasted a shot off the post. This one whistled past the glove side of the Oilers goaltender.
Five minutes into the third, Hemsky beat out an icing call deep in the Nashville end after chasing Dan Hamhuis down. He then threw the puck in front to Reasoner whose one timer was kicked out by Ellis.
Curtis Glencross almost gave Edmonton the lead late in the third. He corralled a pass from Brodziak in between the hashmarks and wristed it low on goal. Ellis made an awkward save on the play but somehow kept the puck out.
With 1:55 to go in the third, J.P. Dumont came out from behind the Oilers net and wristed the puck just inside the far post behind Garon to give Nashville a 5-4 lead.
Nichol took a penalty in the final minute, hauling down Hemsky as he powered towards the Predators net. The result was an Oilers power play for the final 24 seconds of the period.
NOTES: Gagner's assist on Pisani's goal extended his career-high scoring streak to seven games... Grebeshkov's goal was the 8000th in Oilers franchise history.