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Predators slay Oilers 6-3 Thursday night

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Predators slay Oilers 6-3 Thursday night
Nashville Predators 6, Edmonton Oilers 3

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Edmonton's comeback kids got a taste of their own medicine Thursday night as the Predators overcame an early two-goal deficit to steal a 6-3 victory at Rexall Place. Robert Nilsson and Nashville's Patric Hornqvist scored two goals each, while Dan Ellis made 21 saves in relief of Pekka Rinne for the win. Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers also stopped 21 shots.

FIRST PERIOD

2:27 after opening puck drop, Edmonton benefited from the game's first powerplay when Nashville's Cody Franson interfered with Andrew Cogliano. 38 seconds into the man-advantage, Nilsson wristed the puck over goalie Rinne to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

The Predators got one shot on Deslauriers following the goal, but the Oilers soon found themselves back in the offensive zone. Although Rinne stopped Gilbert Brule's initial attempt, defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky saw an opportunity and slipped up the slot, snagged the rebound, and fired home his club's second of the game.

The Preds took a time out, pulled Rinne in favour of Ellis, regrouped, and came out snarling after the goal. Although Deslauriers stopped the first assault, at 12:13 an end-to-end rush concluded in a quick shot by Ryan Jones that flew into the net.

Four minutes later, the Preds tied the game at two. Deslauriers made a pair of stops, but when the puck landed on Joel Ward's stick, the winger skirted the goalie and wrapped it into the net to set the score 2-2.

The team didn't stop at two: 50 seconds after that, Nashville took the lead on a deflection by Marcel Goc.

The Predators' three-goal comeback put the Oilers down 3-2 and 16 shots to 10 after 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD

Both teams added a shot to their tallies before the Oil went back on the powerplay five minutes into the middle frame. But despite testing Ellis with another two shots, the Oil were unable to get back on even terms during the man-advantage.

After the return of five-on-five, the Preds accomplished what the Oilers could not. With Deslauriers sprawled on the ice, Patric Hornqvist swept across the crease and tapped the puck into the net to make it 4-2 for the visitors.

At the game's midway point, Ladislav Smid's holding minor gave Nashville the advantage for the first time, but Edmonton killed the two minutes and then promptly benefited from their third and fourth powerplays.

Although the home team couldn't score in the first two minutes, Nilsson's slick poke-check in the following man-advantage triggered a breakaway and soaring forehand goal. The picture-perfect play marked Nilsson's second powerplay goal of the night and got his team back within one.

But although the period was almost over, the visiting goals were not. Hornqvist followed Nilsson's lead by adding his second of the night to give the Preds a 5-3 lead heading into the third period.

THIRD PERIOD

The Preds and Oilers each enjoyed powerplays early in the third, but goalies and their penalty killers dominated the play.

Although Edmonton outshot Nashville throughout the final frame, the club couldn't find a way to beat Ellis. A late goal by Jerred Smithson sealed a 6-3 win for the Predators.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:05
EDM
PPG - Robert Nilsson (3) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (17), Jeff Deslauriers (2)
1 - 0 EDM
05:01
EDM
Lubomir Visnovsky (8) ASST: Gilbert Brule (13), Dustin Penner (19)
2 - 0 EDM
12:13
NSH
Ryan Jones (4) ASST: Wade Belak (2)
2 - 1 EDM
16:09
NSH
Joel Ward (6) ASST: David Legwand (14), Ryan Suter (15)
2 - 2 Tie
16:59
NSH
Marcel Goc (5) ASST: J-P Dumont (16), Patric Hornqvist (7)
3 - 2 NSH
2nd Period
08:18
NSH
Patric Hornqvist (9) ASST: Jason Arnott (11), J-P Dumont (17)
4 - 2 NSH
14:10
EDM
PPG - Robert Nilsson (4) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (7), Sheldon Souray (7)
4 - 3 NSH
19:56
NSH
PPG - Patric Hornqvist (10) ASST: Ryan Suter (16), Martin Erat (10)
5 - 3 NSH
3rd Period
19:16
NSH
Jerred Smithson (6) ASST: David Legwand (15), Joel Ward (10)
6 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:27
NSH
Cody Franson  Interference against  Andrew Cogliano
2nd Period
05:00
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Holding against  Dustin Penner
09:53
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Holding against  David Legwand
11:52
NSH
J-P Dumont  Too many men/ice - bench
13:34
NSH
Shea Weber  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:03
EDM
Dustin Penner  Holding against  Kevin Klein
3rd Period
03:04
EDM
Steve Staios  Holding against  Ryan Jones
07:32
NSH
J-P Dumont  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 4TOI: 5:01
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
7-5-1
SA: 22TOI: 54:52
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 27TOI: 59:32
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0