NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Edmonton
(Saturday, January 24th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Andreas Johansson scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Nashville to a 4-3 win over Edmonton at Rexall Place.
David Legwand and Denis Arkhipov also scored for the Predators, who are 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Legwand also had two assists and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves in the win.
"Scoring wise things have finally started to take shape," said Johansson. "Since I've been back (missed 34-games because of injury) I've had plenty of chances and it's nice to score."
Radek Dvorak, Ethan Moreau and Igor Ulanov scored the three goals for the Oilers, who nearly rallied from a four-goal deficit. Tommy Salo stopped only 10 shots before being lifted by Ty Conklin in the third period. Conklin stopped all five shots he faced.
Nashville grabbed a 1-0 lead on Johansson's goal with 14:15 left in the first period. Mark Eaton blasted a slap shot from the point, but Salo could not control the rebound and the puck caromed out to the high slot. Johansson then skated in and one-timed the disc over Salo's shoulder for the score.
The Predators increased their gap to 2-0 on Legwand's goal nearly four minutes later. Fresh off a penalty kill, Johansson carried the puck on the left side into the Oilers' zone and slid a pass to the high slot to Legwand. The center then fired a wrist shot that hit a stick in front and beat Salo for his 11th goal of the year.
Nashville widened its cushion to 4-0 with two second-period tallies.
Johansson's second of the night and fourth of the season made it 3-0 at the 4:14 mark of the period and Arkhipov's power-play score with 2:31 remaining in the middle stanza made it a four-goal contest.
The Oilers tried to make the game interesting as they scored three unanswered third-period goals, but it was not enough.
"We're a young team and it showed in the third period because we seemed to panic after they started to score their goals," said Vokoun. "We need to learn how to regain and hold our composure."
Dvorak's power-play score 2:13 into the final period made it a 4-1 contest. Adam Oates fed a pass to Dvorak at the left point and Dvorak wristed a slow shot that slid past Tomas Vokoun.
Only 24 seconds later, Moreneau beat Vokoun for his 10th of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Oilers got a late score by Ulanov with only 55 seconds remaining, but they could not generate any offense in the final minute and came up one goal short in their comeback attempt.
The road team is 10-2-1 in the last 13 matchups...Nashville has won six of its previous eight trips to Edmonton...The Predators scored on two of their first three shots of the game...Johansson and Legwand each had their first three- point games of the year..Ryan Smyth assisted on Dvorak's goal, giving him 400 career NHL points...Nashville went 1-of-8 on the power play, while Edmonton scored once on seven tries with the extra skater.
01/25 01:37:11 ET