NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Nashville
(Tuesday, March 27th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Edmonton 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - J.P. Dumont's brilliant backhand pass set up the tying goal and he notched the game-winning tally shortly after to lead the NHL-best Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Jason Arnott, Alexander Radulov and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, which captured both contests in this home-and-home set and now leads the entire NHL with 105 points. Tomas Vokoun was shaky with 24 saves for the Predators, who sit two points ahead of idle Detroit for first place in the Central Division and, of course, the Western Conference. The Buffalo Sabres, Dumont's former team, also have 103 points in the race for the President's Trophy.
Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Toby Petersen scored for the dreadful Oilers, who fell to 1-11-1 in the month of March. Edmonton, which reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last spring, will miss the postseason. Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
"We played hard, it was a tough night though," said Hemsky. "We played pretty good -- it was a better effort than (our games of late) for sure."
After the Oilers used two goals in under four minutes to grab a 3-2 advantage early in the third period, Dumont led the charge as the Predators scored two quick goals of their own and took the lead for good.
Only 24 seconds after Edmonton moved ahead on Petersen's goal, Arnott's 27th marker of the season knotted the contest. The hosts controlled the puck in their offensive zone before it sat along the rear boards behind Roloson. Facing the glass, Dumont sent a blind backhand pass that perfectly found the stick of Arnott near the right post and Arnott's one-timer lit the lamp at 6:21.
Dumont was not finished, though, and his 19th goal with 11:20 remaining in regulation served as the game-winner. On a 3-on-2 rush, Ramzi Abid passed from the top of the right circle for a perfect redirection goal by Dumont at the left post.
Vokoun, who did not look comfortable at any point during the game, held off the visitors the rest of the way and the Preds skated off with the victory.
Following a scoreless opening period, Hemsky's power-play goal 1:57 into the second gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead before two Nashville goals within a 41- second span soon followed.
First, at 3:37, Weber's 17th goal knotted the contest. Dumont skated down the slot, cut toward the right circle and left the puck for Weber, who sent a wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net.
Under a minute later, a nifty passing sequence was capped by Radulov's 16th marker of 2006-07. Vernon Fiddler hustled down the left side and from along the half-wall passed back to trailer Peter Forsberg. At the top of the circle, Forsberg fired a pass into the low slot for a one-timer by Radulov that beat Roloson.
"We really transitioned well on offense," Fiddler said. "It's great to see everyone contributing. That's what (we need) going into the playoffs."
Edmonton, though, moved back in front with a pair of goals inside the six- minute mark of the third stanza.
Both goals were shots that Vokoun should have stopped.
Two minutes, thirty seconds into the final period, Sykora gained control in the neutral zone and crossed the blue line along the left-wing side before his slap shot from the high left slot found its way into the back of the cage. It was Sykora's 22nd goal.
Another soft goal allowed by Vokoun at the 5:57 mark gave the Oilers a one- goal edge. Petersen maneuvered with the puck down the left side and, with Weber draped on his back, lit the lamp with a weak wrist shot from a sharp angle beneath the circle.
Edmonton fell to 12-20-4 on the road this season...The Predators host Detroit on Thursday in a critical game in the race for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs...The Preds swept the four-game season series versus Edmonton, which is now winless in five of last six visits to Nashville...The Oilers ended 1-for-5 on the power play and held the hosts scoreless on three chances with the extra skater...Nashville blueliner Kimmo Timonen left the game with upper body injury and did not return...Attendance was 16,382.
03/27 23:22:04 ET