|A number of Oilers congratulate Sam Gagner after he scored the fifth goal in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night. (photo: Matthew Manor/EOHC)|
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Fists were flying early in this one as Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves with Ethan Moreau at the 3:36 mark. It was a quick fight as the two fell to the ice shortly after engaging in fisticuffs.
Martin Erat opened the scoring 5:41 into the first period. He scooped up the puck at the side of the net and slipped it inside the left post past Roloson.
Nine minutes into the period, Jason Arnott hauled down Robert Nilsson as the Oilers were pressuring deep in the Predators end to give Edmonton their first power play of the game.
About 1:20 into the man advantage, Sheldon Souray teed up a blast from the right point. Nashville netminder Dan Ellis barely moved as the shot whizzed by him - tying the game at 1-1.
Shawn Horcoff gave Edmonton their first lead of the game with 4:51 to play in the period. He skated down along the left side boards before slipping the puck through the five hole of Ellis at the bottom of the left circle.
35 seconds later, Shea Weber snapped a shot past Roloson to once again pull the game on even terms at 2-2.
After one period, shots on goal were even at 10-10 and the two teams were tied on the scoreboard as well at 2-2.
Listen to Shawn Horcoff's first intermission interview
The second period started much the same as the first with a fight between two willing combatants. Zack Stortini and Wade Belak dropped the gloves and engaged in a spirited and lengthy bout. Neither fighter could claim victory in the battle.
A miscue in the neutral zone led to a partial breakaway by Predators forward Joel Ward. His shot was turned aside by Roloson's blocker.
Erik Cole scored 10:50 into the middle frame to move the Oilers back in front by a score of 3-2. Sam Gagner fed the puck over to Cole at the tip of the Nashville crease. Cole took a great shot at close range, roofing it under the bar.
40 seconds later, the Oilers scored again to double their lead at 4-2. Andrew Cogliano had the puck behind the net and centered it in front where it bounced off the back of the legs of goaltender Dan Ellis.
Pekka Rinne replaced Ellis in goal following the Cogliano goal.
1:36 after Edmonton made it 4-2, the Cole-Gagner connection struck again. This time, Gagner redirected a shot from Cole past Rinne to make it 5-2 Oilers.
After two periods of play, the Oilers had a 5-2 lead but shots were even at 22-22.
Listen to Sam Gagner's second intermission interview
The Oilers continued their assault on the Predators as the third period commenced.
Rinne made a very nice glove save on a quick one-timer from Robert Nilsson at the top of the right faceoff circle.
Edmonton continued to take it to Nashville even while on the penalty kill. With Denis Grebeshkov in the box, Erik Cole skated into the Predators zone and had Rinne beat but couldn't find the trigger with the puck in the slot.
Shots in the third period were 11 to 6 in favour of Edmonton.
Lubomir Visnovsky's assist on the Sheldon Souray goal was his 300th career point in the NHL.