Oilers beat Predators 5-1, snaps 6-game skid
- Associated Press
- January 26, 2014 - 10:30 PM
EDMONTON, Alberta — Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent Hopkins each had a goal and an assist and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers (16-32-7), who won for the fifth time in 22 games. Edmonton has had five losing streaks of at least five games this season.
David Legwand scored for the Predators (23-23-8), who have lost two in a row.
Edmonton started the scoring three minutes into the game as Jesse Joensuu saw Schultz streaking in from the point and hooked a pass to the defender for a hard shot that beat Predators goalie Carter Hutton.
Nashville tied it with 4:30 to play in the opening period as Legwand elected to shoot on a two-on-one break and beat Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens in the top corner.
The Oilers went into the dressing room after the first on a positive note, scoring with 12 seconds left in the first period. Taylor Hall sent a great pass through the legs of defender Roman Josi to give Eberle an easy redirection into the net from the crease.
The Predators came in with a 1-16-2 record when trailing after the first period.
Nashville thought it had tied it just 48 seconds into the second period, but Taylor Beck was called for goalie interference for running Scrivens over as he chipped the puck in, and the goal was disallowed.
Edmonton went up by two goals midway through the second period as Smyth picked up the rebound in the crease of a long shot by Corey Potter and put it past Hutton. It was Smyth's 125th power-play goal as an Oiler, tying him for second on the team's all-time list with Wayne Gretzky and putting him one back of leader Glenn Anderson.
Edmonton made it 4-1 with three minutes left in the second period as Sam Gagner hit Yakupov trailing on an odd-man rush and the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NHL draft sent home his 10th of the season.
The Predators outshot Edmonton 17-7 in the third and thought they had finally been rewarded on what looked to have been goal by Craig Smith. But, once again, Beck was called for goaltender interference because he was lying on top of Scrivens when the puck trickled across the line.
The Oilers put the game away for good with 4:30 left after some quick passing on the power play led to Nugent-Hopkins' 15th goal.
NOTES: It was the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Edmonton won the first game 3-0 on Nov. 28 with Ilya Bryzgalov earning the shutout. ... It was the first meeting between the teams since a trade on Jan. 15 that sent goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Oilers to the Preds in return for forward Matt Hendricks. Dubnyk has not had a strong start in Nashville, allowing nine goals in his two starts, and was not selected to play against his former team. ... The Oilers were without captain Andrew Ference, who sustained a head injury in their previous game against Phoenix. Forward Ales Hemsky also remained out with an ankle injury. ... Predators goalie Pekka Rinne continues to be on injured reserve with a hip injury. ... Nashville forward Eric Nystrom was coming off a rare four-goal performance against the Calgary Flames on Friday.
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