Nashville
Predators
38-29-11-4
Edmonton
Oilers
36-29-12-5

19 SOG
25 SOG
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NSH
EDM
game recap

Nashville Predators 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 FINAL

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:49 PM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 FINAL
Nashville Predators 4, Edmonton Oilers 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.

Edmonton rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the third. Radek Dvorak scored a power-play goal at 2:13, then Ethan Moreau made it 4-2 just 24 seconds later.

``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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:45
NSH
Andreas Johansson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Eaton (7), David Legwand (18)
1 - 0 NSH
09:24
NSH
David Legwand (11) Slapshot - ASST: Andreas Johansson (4), Scott Walker (18)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
04:14
NSH
Andreas Johansson (4) Slapshot - ASST: David Legwand (19), Scott Walker (19)
3 - 0 NSH
17:29
NSH
PPG - Denis Arkhipov (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
02:13
EDM
PPG - Radek Dvorak (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (16), Adam Oates (7)
4 - 1 NSH
02:37
EDM
Ethan Moreau (10) Snap shot - ASST: Fernando Pisani (7), Alexei Semenov (1)
4 - 2 NSH
19:05
EDM
Raffi Torres (16) Slapshot - ASST: Igor Ulanov (4), Radek Dvorak (22)
4 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
00:07
NSH
Adam Hall  Tripping against  Raffi Torres
03:15
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Holding against  Vladimir Orszagh
06:47
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
10:31
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Too many men/ice - bench
14:34
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Tripping against  Scott Hartnell
16:59
NSH
Martin Erat  Holding the stick against  Brad Isbister
18:07
EDM
Brad Isbister  Interference
2nd Period
14:15
EDM
Alexei Semenov  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
14:41
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Holding against  Shawn Horcoff
15:02
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Steve Staios
15:02
EDM
Steve Staios  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
15:36
EDM
Cory Cross  Tripping against  David Legwand
17:29
EDM
Igor Ulanov  Slashing
20:00
NSH
Adam Hall  Diving against  Igor Ulanov
3rd Period
00:15
NSH
Jason York  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
05:04
NSH
Greg Johnson  Tripping against  Radek Dvorak
08:33
NSH
Andreas Johansson  Cross checking against  Raffi Torres
10:55
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Interference
19:05
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1
Ty Conklin
SA: 5TOI: 18:19
Saves: 5EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Tommy Salo
SA: 14TOI: 39:56
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0