Nashville
Predators
47-29-6
Edmonton
Oilers
27-47-8

28 SOG
41 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NSH
EDM
game recap

Oilers downed 5-3 by Nashville

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers downed 5-3 by Nashville
Nashville Predators 5, Edmonton Oilers 3

Although the Oilers dominated the shot clock and finished with an impressive 41 attempts, the club struggled early in net and was unable to crack Predators' goalie Pekka Rinne until the end of the game. The late surge was too little, too late and Edmonton dropped a 5-3 decision to Nashville Tuesday night.

Jean-Francois Jacques, Ryan Potulny and Dustin Penner earned Edmonton's three goals, while goalie Jeff Deslauriers took the loss after allowing four goals on 14 attempts in the first 26 minutes. Back-up Devan Dubnyk closed the game with 13 saves.

FIRST PERIOD

Although the Oilers fired the first five shots of the game, the Preds got the first two goals. At the five-minute mark, Shea Weber beat Deslauriers with a slapshot, and 28 seconds later, Marcel Goc scored on a backhander to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.

A pair of good scoring chances by Robert Nilsson and Ryan Stone helped Edmonton maintain the shot lead as the period progressed, but Rinne preserved his club's two-goal cushion.

In the frame's final minute, the Predators evened things up on the shot clock and got their third unanswered goal. Although Deslauriers stopped Ryan Jones' initial tipped attempt, J.P. Dumont caught the rebound, circled the net, and wrapped it across the line.

SECOND PERIOD

Edmonton tested Rinne with seven more shots in the first six minutes of the second period, but like in the first, the Preds' backstopper turned away the puck each time.

Unfortunately, Deslauriers couldn't do the same. Shortly after playing the puck, the goalie rushed back into his net and let a shot by Patric Hornqvist slip through his pads. The misplay prompted a goaltending change for the Oil, and Dubnyk settled in between the posts.

The fresh goalie made three saves and watched his skaters approach 30 shots at the opposite end of the ice by the end of the frame, but the Oilers remained scoreless after 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

Edmonton and Nashville traded shots early in the final frame, and at 7:22, the persistence finally paid off in a goal for Edmonton. On his team's 34th shot of the game, Jacques got the puck past Rinne to get the Oilers on the board and back within three.

Three minutes later, the Preds appeared to get that one back, but officials ruled that the puck went in off Jones' high stick and the 4-1 game continued.

With seven minutes remaining in regulation, the first infraction of the game was called against Nashville's Hornqvist for slashing. 1:27 into the powerplay, Potulny completed a Sam Gagner and Patrick O'Sullivan tic-tac-toe to score Edmonton's second goal of the game.

But 30 seconds later, the Oilers saw the other side of that scenario. In the final second of Ethan Moreau's hooking minor, Jones and Dumont teamed up for a fifth Predators goal.

Two late Preds penalties gave Penner the edge to tally his 21st of the season during five-on-three, but the goal would prove too little, too late as Nashville held on for a 5-3 win Tuesday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:59
NSH
Shea Weber (9) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Jones (2), Cal O'Reilly (3)
1 - 0 NSH
05:27
NSH
Marcel Goc (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Shea Weber (20), Patric Hornqvist (11)
2 - 0 NSH
19:02
NSH
J-P Dumont (9) Wrap-around - ASST: Ryan Jones (3), Kevin Klein (8)
3 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
06:40
NSH
Patric Hornqvist (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Marcel Goc (9)
4 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
07:22
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Potulny (7), Tom Gilbert (8)
4 - 1 NSH
14:29
EDM
PPG - Ryan Potulny (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (14), Sam Gagner (17)
4 - 2 NSH
16:59
NSH
Ryan Jones (6) Backhand shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (22), Cal O'Reilly (4)
5 - 2 NSH
19:39
EDM
PPG - Dustin Penner (21) Snap shot - ASST: Robert Nilsson (9), Lubomir Visnovsky (19)
5 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
13:02
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Slashing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
14:59
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
18:49
NSH
Martin Erat  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
19:26
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
18-8-2
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 36 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 14TOI: 26:40
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 14TOI: 33:20
Saves: 13EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0