Game Recap

Predators 3, Oilers 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

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Predators 3, Oilers 2, SO
Nashville Predators 3, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Pekka Rinne thought he was in big trouble when he lost his goalie stick during a wild scramble on an Edmonton power play in overtime.

Instead, the wayward stick made the save of the game in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

Shawn Horcoff beat Rinne with a diving backhander, but the puck struck the unattended stick at the goal line and deflected away. A video review confirmed the puck didn't fully cross the line.

"That was a huge lucky break," Rinne said. "I dropped my stick and I had no clue where it was and luckily it was on the goal-line and that saved the game for us."

Predators coach Barry Trotz agreed his team was fortunate.

"You've got to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good," Trotz said. "That's part of the game. It's like the referee being in the way or what have you. We'll take it."

Cody Franson scored the lone shootout goal and Rinne made 22 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three Edmonton shooters in the tiebreaker. The Predators, fourth in the Western Conference with 60 points, have won three straight - all on the road - and 10 of their last 12.

Instant Analysis
Defenseman Alexander Sulzer had a career-night, scoring his first NHL goal and registering his first multi-point night.

Sulzer opened the game's scoring, snapping home a cross ice feed from Sergei Kostitysn. Then, with the game tied late in regulation, Sulzer rifled a shot from the point which was redirected by Joel Ward to give the Preds a 2-1 lead.

Often overlooked with Nashville's deep defensive corps -- and even deeper pool of elite defensive prospects working through the system -- Sulzer has quietly developed into a steady NHL defenseman. When Shane O'Brien was suspended after the Florida game, Sulzer got an opportunity to work into the lineup and helped the Preds earn a split of their home-and-home set against Chicago. Then when Francis Bouillon went down with an injury at Chicago, Sulzer remained in the lineup and has averaged 19:45 of ice time in the three road games since -- all Preds wins -- while contributing five shots on goals and +4 plus/minus rating.

--Jay Levin,

"I didn't like the way we played," Trotz said. "I had a feeling we'd be a little bit sloppy with three games in four nights before we got to this one. We got through the first period but as the game went on we turned way too many pucks over. I don't take anything away from the Oilers but we could have been a little bit firmer in a lot of areas in our game."

The Oilers, last in the conference, have dropped five in a row and 14 of 16.

"As much as the opponents are really good and most of them are ahead of us in the standings - except one - we tend to beat ourselves," Oilers coach Tom Renney said.

"It is tough and it tests your patience and your ability to persevere as a coaching staff. But it is even tougher for the players because they are working their guts out."

Joel Ward gave Nashville a 2-1 lead on a power-play with 5:55 left, but Oilers rookie star Taylor Hall tied it with 3:47 remaining in regulation.

Predators defenseman Alexander Sulzer opened the scoring midway through the first period, and Andrew Cogliano tied it early in the third.

Franson assisted on both Nashville goals.

NOTES: Nashville was 1 for 5 on the power play and Edmonton went 0 for 4. ... The Predators will play the fifth game of their six-game trip Monday night in Calgary. ... The Oilers start a two-game trip Tuesday night in Phoenix. ... It was the first of four meetings between the teams this season. ... Predators forward Marek Svatos missed the game because if a lower-body injury. . . Oilers defenseman Jim Vandermeer returned after missing seven games with an ankle injury. To make room for him on the roster, the Oilers sent Taylor Chorney to Springfield of the AHL. ... Oilers forward Ales Hemsky will miss the All-Star game because of a concussion.

scoring summary
1st Period
Alexander Sulzer (1) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (13), Cody Franson (12)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
Andrew Cogliano (7) ASST: Liam Reddox (5), Theo Peckham (6)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Joel Ward (6) ASST: Alexander Sulzer (2), Cody Franson (13)
2 - 1 NSH
Taylor Hall (15) ASST: Dustin Penner (16), Jim Vandermeer (5)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1L. OmarkM. Goc
2S. GagnerC. Franson
3T. Hall
penalty summary
1st Period
Jim Vandermeer  Interference against  Jerred Smithson
Alexander Sulzer  Holding against  Taylor Hall
Zack Stortini  Charging against  Patric Hornqvist
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Liam Reddox
2nd Period
Theo Peckham  Holding against  Nick Spaling
Wade Belak  Hooking against  Zack Stortini
3rd Period
Ladislav Smid  Holding against  Nick Spaling
Theo Peckham  Hooking against  Patric Hornqvist
OT Period
Ryan Suter  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 24TOI: 64:28
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 28TOI: 65:00
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 1 is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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