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Oilers pounce on Preds 6-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers pounce on Preds 6-1
Edmonton Oilers 6, Nashville Predators 1

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Four goals in the first period, including two by Zack Stortini, gave the Oilers the start they were looking Monday night, and the club held on through the following 40 minutes to walk away with a 6-1 victory in Nashville.

Shawn Horcoff, Gilbert Brule, Andrew Cogliano, and Denis Grebeshkov scored Edmonton's other four goals, while Jeff Deslauriers made 40 saves for a confident win in his first start of the season.

FIRST PERIOD

Less than two minutes in, Stortini and Triston Grant dropped their gloves for a lengthy battle to the right of Jeff Deslaurier's net. Both players sat out five minutes for the fight, and the Predators used the following face-off to swarm and thoroughly test the Oilers goalie.

Although the home team owned the shot clock, the visitors were the first to make one count. At the seven minute mark, Ales Hemsky faked a shot and fed the puck to Shawn Horcoff, who one-timed it past Pekka Rinne to make it 1-0 Oilers.

Four minutes later, Gilbert Brule doubled Edmonton's lead. While flying up ice with Dustin Penner on the opposite wing, Brule surprised Rinne by cutting towards the net and tapping Penner's backhand pass into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Shortly after the goal, Marcel Goc was called for holding and the Oilers benefited from the game's first powerplay. It took nearly the full two minutes, but the man-advantage proved advantageous when Stortini went top shelf for his first of the season and Edmonton's third of the game.

The Predators earned two powerplays of their own as the period progressed, but the club was unable to beat Deslauriers and remained down by three. Upon the return of five-on-five, Stortini struck again -- and not with his fists, as is usually the case. With help from Andrew Cogliano and Jason Strudwick, the Oilers enforcer backhanded the puck past Rinne to mark two goals and a fight on his first-period resume.

Although the Oilers were up 4-0 after 20 minutes, they trailed the Predators 12-9 on the shot clock.

SECOND PERIOD

Dan Ellis replaced Rinne between the Preds pipes to start the middle frame. Ellis stopped his first two shots faced, but when speedy Cogliano showed up on his doorstep, he couldn't catch the puck and saw his club's deficit increase to 5-0.

Nashville topped 20 shots at the game's midway point, while Edmonton had yet to reach 15. As the period continued, two more Predators powerplays failed to net the first home goal of the night, and the Oilers countered with number six. Defenceman Denis Grebeshkov kept up the backhand success and lifted it over Ellis with two minutes left on the clock.

In the final minute and after 25 attempts, Nashville's captain Jason Arnott finally broke Deslaurier's perfect stretch by redirecting Patric Hornqvist's shot to set the score 6-1 heading into the final frame.

THIRD PERIOD

Nashville cracked 30 shots and then doubled Edmonton's 17, but Deslauriers showcased his flexibility and reflexes with a handful of stellar saves to preserve his club's commanding lead.

A game-ending powerplay pushed the Predators to 41 shots, but Deslauriers closed out the game brilliantly and secured a confident winning start to the Oilers road schedule.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (3), Jean-Francois Jacques (1)
1 - 0 EDM
11:02
EDM
Gilbert Brule (2) ASST: Dustin Penner (2), Ladislav Smid (3)
2 - 0 EDM
13:58
EDM
PPG - Zack Stortini (1) ASST: Mike Comrie (3), Taylor Chorney (1)
3 - 0 EDM
19:31
EDM
Zack Stortini (2) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (3), Jason Strudwick (2)
4 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
02:07
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (3)
5 - 0 EDM
17:57
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov (2) ASST: Dustin Penner (3), Gilbert Brule (2)
6 - 0 EDM
19:11
NSH
Jason Arnott (3) ASST: Patric Hornqvist (3), Dan Hamhuis (1)
6 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:38
NSH
Triston Grant  Fighting against  Zack Stortini
01:38
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting against  Triston Grant
12:03
NSH
Marcel Goc  Holding against  Ryan Stone
14:22
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
17:05
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Tripping against  Colin Wilson
2nd Period
04:37
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
04:37
NSH
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Gilbert Brule
08:22
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Holding against  Ryan Suter
12:16
NSH
Martin Erat  Interference against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:28
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Interference against  Patric Hornqvist
3rd Period
08:35
EDM
Ryan Stone  Boarding against  Joel Ward
18:16
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Tripping against  Ryan Jones
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 17
SV%: .976SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
0-2-0
SA: 9TOI: 20:00
Saves: 5EV: 4 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .556SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
SA: 11TOI: 39:54
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0