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Dumont's GWG Lifts Preds over Oilers, 5-4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Jay Levin - Nashville Predators

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Dumont's GWG Lifts Preds over Oilers, 5-4
Edmonton Oilers 4, Nashville Predators 5
J.P. Dumont made an instant impact returning to the Predators lineup to score the game-winning goal with 1:55 remaining in regulation, to go along with a pair of assists early in the contest as Nashville beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 at Sommet Center on Tuesday night.

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Highlights: Predators 5, Oilers 4

Player Post-game Comments

Head Coach Barry Trotz's Post-game Press Conf.

Dumont, who missed the Predators last two games with the flu, posted a +4 plus/minus rating to go along with his three-point effort. He has nine points in his last four games played, including three game-winning goals.

Five other Predators contributed multi-point efforts as Scott Nichol added a goal and two assists and Jason Arnott, Greg de Vries, Vernon Fiddler, and Alexander Radulov each posted two point nights. Sam Gagner, Denis Grebeshkov, and Fernando Pisani each recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Oilers attack.

Jason Arnott assisted on the game-winning goal, chipping a pass behind the net from the right wing corner to Dumont below the goal line on the left wing. Dumont came out from behind the net and flipped a backhander over Oilers netminder Mathieu Garon for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Predators jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. Scott Nichol opened the scoring midway at the 9:27 mark. Nichol cut down the slot and took a pass from Dumont and blasted a shot for his ninth goal of the season. Just under five minutes later Alexander Radulov scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season. Radulov cut through the slot from left to right and snapped a shot across his body inside the glove-side post.

The Oilers cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:11 remaining in the period. Sam Gagner held the puck in at the blue line and threaded a pass to Fernando Pisani all alone in front of the net. Pisani snuck a shot five-hole that just trickled through Dan Ellis's pads.

Nashville reclaimed a two goal advantage at the 5:58 mark of the second period on a third chance goal for the line of Nichol, Vernon Fiddler, and Jordin Tootoo. Fiddler had the initial chance cutting down the slot and Nichol nearly jammed home the rebound. Nichol batted the loose puck to Fiddler below the goal line. Fiddler skated to the corner and riffled a pass to Tootoo for a blast from the right face-off circle, Tootoo's eighth goal of the season.

The Oilers answered with a hard-work goal of their own at 13:05 of the middle period. With a scrum in the goal crease, Ellis was unable to freeze the puck as guys were whacking away. The puck squirted out to Denis Grebeshkov at the hash-marks on the inside of the left wing face-off circle. Grebeshkov roofed the shoot for his second goal of the season.

Arnott nearly nearly put the Predators back up by two goals 0:36 later, but Oilers forward Kyle Brodziak made a sliding leg save to deflect Arnott's shot away from the half-empty net.

Edmonton tied the game shortly after, the start of a three goal flurry in a 0:46. Gagner netted the equalizer with a wrist shot from the left wing face-off dot that deflected off defenseman Marek Zidlicky and handcuffed Ellis. Marty Reasoner put the Oilers ahead with a slapshot form the same area at the 15:23 mark of the middle frame, only to see Arnott redirect Greg de Vries shot from the point 0:23 later to knot the score at 4-4.

The Predators nearly scored in the opening seconds of the third period when Shea Weber rang a backhand attempt off the post. And then with 6:50 left in regulation, Mathieu Garon made a sliding save to rob Dumont.

Ellis made 32 saves for the win to improve to 15-5-2 on the season, including 5-0-2 in his last seven decisions.

Post-Game Notes:
The Predators are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games ... Nashville improved to 20-9-3 at home this season ... The Predators joined the Detroit Red Wings as the only teams in the league with at least 20 home wins this season. Nashville has won at least 20 home games in each of its last four seasons ... Dumont's last four goals have been game-winners. He leads the team with 7 GWGs this season ... Nichol set a career-high with his ninth goal of the season, one better than his previous high set in 2001-02 with Calgary ... Fiddler set a career-high with his 16th and 17th assist, two better than his previous best set last season. Fiddler's 26 points tie his career-best also set last year ... Ellis made 32 saves for his eighth 30-save perfomance of the season, third during the month of February ... Radulov has scored 44 of his 50 points with teams at even strength (88.0%), the highest percentage of even strength points in the league for players with a minimum of 40 points scored.

Post-Game Quotes:
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the past couple of games having significant leads and letting the other teams come back...
"We’ve kept it close these past couple of games and it was similar to Minnesota because our team was up by two and then we let them back in and you don’t know which way it was going to go. I was not happy at all in the second period because we didn’t defend very well, plain and simple. We were close to people but we weren’t defending and we will be working on that tomorrow."

On J.P. Dumont’s return tonight... "He really bounced back with a very strong game. He felt that since he missed the last two games he had to make up for lost time and play well. We also had great effort from Scott Nichol tonight. "

On Koistinen’s performance... "I think as you go along in the league you become more comfortable, plus he’s got a really good chemistry with Gelinas and Fiddler. From that stand point it’s a matter of chemistry and belief, and he knows that we trust him both defensively and to take the chances offensively if he gets them."

On team making mistakes in the game... "The game is all about making mistakes and you don’t want to make any mistakes. I think the thing that we’ve always done is if you make a mistake we’ll put you back out there. We just don’t need you to make the same mistakes over and over, rather be able to find other ways to fix them and other ways to contribute."

Forward J.P. Dumont
On the style of the game…
“That’s not the kind of hockey we want to play but we will take the two points. We’re looking ahead again and we just need to make sure we clean things up a bit and be ready for Thursday. “


On his goal… “I saw that Arnott had full control of the puck and he didn’t have much of an option. I just went around behind the net. He knew that if he was in trouble I would be there and he saw me going behind the net and when he gave me the puck, everyone was still looking around. I turned around to search for a man and I saw the open ice and just took the shot. It hit the post and went in. There was a big play from Arnie and everyone on the ice.”

On losing the lead, then gaining it back… “We had the lead 3-1; that’s the kind of hockey we want to play. But then we just sat back and let them play their game. They came back and were really ornery. They really wanted that game more than us for a lot of shifts. But Ellis had some big saves and we came back in the third. We hit the post a few times but we got the big two points at the end.”

On learning from their mistakes… “We have a lot of stuff to clean up, especially away from the puck. Usually that’s the best suit for us, away from the puck and playing really good two-way hockey and tonight we didn’t do that. We need to make sure that we take care of that and be ready for the next game."

Forward Scott Nichol
On the style of the game… “It was a wild one; we kind of opened it up a little more than we wanted to. But give them credit with their transitions. They have some great forwards that come at you hard and we speed. We were pretty resilient and found a way to bank those two points. Now we need to move on to the next game.”

On playing with confidence… “Dumont got another big goal at the end and that line has been playing well. And now we have Tootoo back in the lineup and he had a nice goal. Everyone is playing with a lot of confidence and Trotz has a lot of confidence in us and that’s probably why we have been so successful. It’s been fun to play out there. Everyone gets to play and play a lot."

Goaltender Dan Ellis
On the style of the game… “It was a game that was back and forth and good for the fans. It was exciting and it was another situation where we got down in the middle of the game again, but we were able to battle back, show some character, and win it late in the third.”

On the team’s breakdowns… “We had some breakdowns in all different areas, in all three zones and those are areas where we need to tighten up. When teams like Vancouver and Dallas come in, who are running on all cylinders, we have to be running on all cylinders ourselves. We had some weak areas in our game and they exposed it but we were able to come out with a big win.”

scoring summary
1st Period
Scott Nichol (9) ASST: J-P Dumont (33), Vernon Fiddler (16)
1 - 0 NSH
Alexander Radulov (24) ASST: Scott Nichol (6), J-P Dumont (34)
2 - 0 NSH
Fernando Pisani (7) ASST: Sam Gagner (25)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
Jordin Tootoo (8) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (17), Scott Nichol (7)
3 - 1 NSH
PPG - Denis Grebeshkov (2) ASST: Fernando Pisani (5), Tom Gilbert (14)
3 - 2 NSH
Sam Gagner (6) ASST: Robert Nilsson (18), Andrew Cogliano (19)
3 - 3 Tie
Marty Reasoner (7) ASST: Ales Hemsky (35), Denis Grebeshkov (8)
4 - 3 EDM
Jason Arnott (21) ASST: Greg De Vries (10), Alexander Radulov (26)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
J-P Dumont (22) ASST: Jason Arnott (35), Greg De Vries (11)
5 - 4 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
Ales Hemsky  Holding against  Ryan Suter
2nd Period
Greg De Vries  Hi-sticking against  Ethan Moreau
J-P Dumont  Tripping against  Curtis Glencross
Jordin Tootoo  Slashing against  Joni Pitkanen
3rd Period
Scott Nichol  Slashing against  Ales Hemsky
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 28TOI: 58:55
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .821SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
Saves: 32EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0

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