Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Edmonton remains a thorn in Nashville's side in blowout win

The Edmonton Oilers came into Bridgestone Arena and ran the Nashville Predators out of their own building. The Oilers defeated the Predators by a score of 6-2 in a game that was never close.

Shawn Horcoff got the scoring started for the Oilers on the power play after Craig Smith took a hooking penalty in the offensive zone to put the Predators a man down. Ales Hemsky would put the Oilers up by two when he converted on a breakaway after a giveaway at the Nashville blueline.

Jordan Eberle gave Edmonton a 3-0 lead with a quick wrist shot from the right circle that beat Pekka Rinne. Jordin Tootoo had just delivered a big hit on Taylor Hall seconds before, but Eberle was able to navigate around the bodies in front and score the goal. The Oilers led 3-0 after the first period.

Nashville head coach Barry Trotz chose to pull Rinne and put in Anders Lindback to start the second period. The Predators had several chances in the second period to get back into the game, including a 5-on-3 power play, but were unable to capitalize. The score was still 3-0 going into the third period.

Edmonton opened the flood gates in the third, and added three more goals. Horcoff and Eberle both had two goals on the night for the Oilers. The Predators got goals from Tootoo and Jonathon Blum, but it was too little too late. With the loss, the Predators finished the homestand with a 2-1-2 record.

Luckily for the Predators, they will have to forget about this game quickly. They travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Wednesday night.

"That's the good thing about playing hockey. You always get a second chance pretty quick, and we're right back at it tomorrow. We're going to be way better tomorrow," said Nashville goaltender Anders Lindback.

Lindback made his third appearance of the season in this game, and made the save on 16 out of 19 Edmonton shots.

"It felt good to get back out there, but when we lose it's never fun," Lindback said.

After collecting six of a possible 10 points on the homestand, the Predators have a critical road trip on the horizon.

"It's a big road trip for us. Every game matters so much, and you never know which game will be the one that takes you into the playoffs. Every game is so important, and we've got to lift our heads up and go after it," Lindback said.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Jordan Eberle(EDM)
2. Devan Dubnyk(EDM)
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(EDM)

3 Stars by Nashville Media:
1. Jordan Eberle(EDM)
2. Devan Dubnyk(EDM)
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(EDM)

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