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Nashville Predators 1, Edmonton Oilers 5

Eberle's three-point game leads Oilers past Predators

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:51 PM CT / News
By Derek Van Diest  - NHL.com Correspondent
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Nashville Predators 1, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON -- Jordan Eberle scored two goals and added an assist for the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

The Oilers won all three games against the Predators to sweep the season series.

Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall also scored for the Oilers.

Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators.

Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth made 28 saves in improving his career record against the Predators to 4-0-0. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the third period. Carter Hutton stopped four shots in relief.

Gagner opened the scoring at 19:25 of the first period, getting to a rebound in front of Rinne and lifting a shot over the goaltender. The play started with David Perron fighting off a check in the corner before finding defenseman Martin Marincin at the point. Marincin took a shot through traffic that Rinne stopped, but the rebound fell to Gagner.

Nugent-Hopkins increased the lead to 2-0 on the power play at 8:18 of the second period, snapping a 15-game goalless drought in the process.

Nugent-Hopkins took a cross-crease feed from Eberle and fired a shot past Rinne for his first goal since Jan. 26.

Hall put Edmonton up 3-0 at 14:48 of the second on a bizarre sequence of events. The Oilers left wing lifted a backhand shot over Rinne that appeared to hit the crossbar, but Hall thought he had scored. Play continued for more than a minute, during which the Predators came close to scoring and Oilers defenseman Mark Fraser was assessed a holding penalty.

Once play stopped, a review determined Hall's shot had gone in the net, and the clock was reset back to Hall's original shot.

Fraser's penalty, however, did stand up, putting the Oilers on the penalty kill immediately after the goal was awarded.

In the third, Eberle scored his first goal at 8:38, taking a pass from Anton Lander in front and lifting a backhand shot over Rinne.

Eberle added another at 1:23 later to make it 5-1, getting a loose puck in the neutral zone and muscling a backhander through Rinne. Rinne was pulled following the goal and replaced by Hutton.

Oilers left wing Nail Yakupov was a late scratch for the Oilers, unable to play due to an ankle injury. Oilers right wing Matt Hendricks left the game in the second period with a leg injury and did not return.

The Oilers continue with the second of their six-game homestand Thursday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres. The Predators travel to play the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

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