|NSH||2||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|EDM||0||0||3||(0 - 0)||3|
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Andreas Johansson and David Legwand quickly restored the chemistry they've shown in the past.
Johansson and Legwand each had three points and the Nashville Predators hung on for a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Johansson doubled his goal total for the season, scoring twice and adding an assist against Oilers goalie Tommy Salo.
``Tommy Salo always talks about how I never score on him, so it was nice to get that over with,'' Johansson said of his Swedish countryman.
Legwand scored once and assisted on Johansson's goals. The linemates had a goal each on Nashville's first three shots of the game.
``It was fun,'' Legwand said. ``Every time we get out there, we like to play a puck-control game and hang on to it as along as we can. The goals we created, I think we did that.''
Tomas Vokoun was sharp for the Predators, stopping 22 shots for his NHL-leading 22nd win, tying him with Ed Belfour of Toronto and Marty Turco of Dallas.
``We had the game in our hands and all we had to do was be smart, and we just shot ourselves in the foot,'' Vokoun said. ``At the end, we won. That's what counts.''
Denis Arkhipov scored on the power play and Scott Walker chipped in two assists for Nashville, which entered in seventh place in the Western Conference. The Oilers, nine points behind the Predators, have lost two straight at home since coming within a game of reaching .500.
``We're a young team and when we get scored on, we are sometimes fragile,'' Vokoun said.
Edmonton added a third unanswered goal from Raffi Torres with 55 seconds remaining but could not get even.
``It's a tough game to break down because we came out like we wanted to,'' Moreau said. ``We had a lot of great chances. There's a couple missed assignments and that's unacceptable 50 games into the season.
``It's almost insurmountable when you get down by that much, against any team in the league.''
Predators forward Jordin Tootoo had a number of supporters in attendance, including over 300 people from his home territory Nunavut.
Johansson opened the scoring when he one-timed the rebound from Mark Easton's point shot behind Salo at 5:45 of the first period.
Legwand extended the lead to 2-0 just 3:39 later when he also beat Salo with a one-timer, this time on a low wobbler from the high slot.
The two combined on a great effort early in the second period when they took advantage of an odd-man rush, passing it back and forth before Johansson eventually banged in his own rebound.
|Andreas Johansson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Eaton (7), David Legwand (18)|
1 - 0 NSH
|David Legwand (11) Slapshot - ASST: Andreas Johansson (4), Scott Walker (18)|
2 - 0 NSH
|Andreas Johansson (4) Slapshot - ASST: David Legwand (19), Scott Walker (19)|
3 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Denis Arkhipov (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
4 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Radek Dvorak (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (16), Adam Oates (7)|
4 - 1 NSH
|Ethan Moreau (10) Snap shot - ASST: Fernando Pisani (7), Alexei Semenov (1)|
4 - 2 NSH
|Raffi Torres (16) Slapshot - ASST: Igor Ulanov (4), Radek Dvorak (22)|
4 - 3 NSH
|Adam Hall Tripping against Raffi Torres|
|Shawn Horcoff Holding against Vladimir Orszagh|
|Vladimir Orszagh Hooking against Georges Laraque|
|Ales Hemsky Too many men/ice - bench|
|Jarret Stoll Tripping against Scott Hartnell|
|Martin Erat Holding the stick against Brad Isbister|
|Brad Isbister Interference|
|Alexei Semenov Roughing against Jordin Tootoo|
|Marek Zidlicky Holding against Shawn Horcoff|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Steve Staios|
|Steve Staios Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Cory Cross Tripping against David Legwand|
|Igor Ulanov Slashing|
|Adam Hall Diving against Igor Ulanov|
|Jason York Hooking against Radek Dvorak|
|Greg Johnson Tripping against Radek Dvorak|
|Andreas Johansson Cross checking against Raffi Torres|
|Ethan Moreau Interference|
|Scott Hartnell Misconduct (10 min)|