NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Edmonton
(Sunday, February 1st)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Pekka Rinne was sensational between the pipes, stopping 32-of-33 shots, as the Nashville Predators hung on to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, at Rexall Place.
Martin Erat and J.P. Dumont tallied for the Predators, who bounced back from a 3-1 setback to Calgary on Friday night.
"Obviously, they have a pretty good power play, but you can't really be scared of anything like that," Rinne said about killing off a late power play. "Guys did a great job of killing that penalty and made it easier for me."
Ales Hemsky tallied the lone goal for Edmonton, which claimed victory in four of their past five games coming into the contest. Dwayne Roloson stopped 27- of-29 shots in the loss.
"To be an NHL player you got to provide some consistency," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "When you don't have stats to back up a stall in that dressing room, you better provide some jam. We didn't get enough of that early, and it was our undoing."
The goalies ruled the initial 20 minutes as the teams skated to a scoreless tie. Nashville tallied eight shots in the stanza, while the Oilers failed to convert on 11 shots.
The goaltenders continued to shine early in the second frame. Rinne made a sliding save on Kyle Brodziak just 3:13 into the period. And minutes later, Roloson made a sliding glove save on Joel Ward to keep the game scoreless.
Nashville took advantage of a Edmonton turnover to draw first blood. Dumont scored his 11th of the season, after Roloson tried to hit his teammate with a pass from behind the net. But Dumont, waiting in the right circle, stole the pass and drilled a shot as Roloson was getting back into position with 7:56 remaining.
The Predators came close to extending their lead, as Antti Pihlstrom hit the post on a shot from the left circle with 2:29 left in the frame. Edmonton failed to take advantage of two power plays in the stanza and trailed 1-0 heading into the final period.
Erat gave the visitors a 2-0 edge on the backhand at the 8:35 mark of the third frame. David Legwand, standing just inside the blueline, hit a covered Erat with a perfect cross-ice pass, allowing him to put the puck past Roloson's pads for the eventual game-winning goal.
Hemsky cut the gap to 2-1 at the 9:39 mark of the third period, as he drilled a slap shot from the left circle. Robert Nilsson setup the play with a beautiful pass from the right circle.
With 10 seconds to go and an extra attacker on the ice, the Oilers won a faceoff in the Nashville zone. But Edmonton's Tom Gilbert, who had an open left side of the net, couldn't get control of the puck. The puck eventually found its way to the front of the net, but the Oilers couldn't chip the puck past Rinne.
The Predators went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Edmonton went 0-for-3 on the man advantage...Nashville improved to 2-0 in day games this season, as the Oilers dropped to 3-1 in afternoon games.
02/01 20:20:42 ET