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41 SOG
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game recap

Oilers 6, Predators 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Zack Stortini made his impact with his gloves on as well as off.

Stortini scored two of Edmonton's four first period goals and added a fighting major as well to lead the Oilers to a 6-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

It was Edmonton's first win in Nashville since Oct. 29, 2005 as the Oilers had lost seven straight games there.

After starting the season with two consecutive wins, the Predators have dropped back-to-back games.

Seeing his first action of the season, Edmonton goaltender Jeff Deslauriers turned aside 40 Nashville shots to record the victory for the Oilers.

"He was our star tonight, no question," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said of his goaltender. "Early in the game we had some rough shifts, and he was really sharp and got us a chance to get by the early going."

Stortini first struck at 13:58 of the first period on a power-play goal. With the Oilers already leading 2-0 after goals by Shawn Horcoff and Gilbert Brule, Mike Comrie found Stortini all alone in front of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. Stortini stuffed the puck past Rinne for his first goal of the season.

"I was going to the net with my stick on the ice trying to keep things simple," Stortini said. "He made a great pass out to me."

Stortini struck again with 28.2 seconds remaining in the opening period when he carried the puck in from the left side and made a smooth forehand to backhand transition before sneaking a shot inside of Rinne's near post.

Entering Monday, Stortini had never recorded a multi-goal game in his previous 151 NHL games. Stortini had an active first period, as he engaged in a prolonged fight with Nashville's Triston Grant just 1:38 into the contest.

"It's always good to get off to a physical start like that," Stortini said. "It was our first road game, and it was to get the energy going for the guys."

Nashville entered Monday as one of three teams who had not allowed a first period goal all season.

"We lost the game in the first period," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We'll learn from this, nobody likes to be embarrassed in their own rink."

After stopping 41 of 42 shots against in a losing effort against Buffalo Saturday, Rinne allowed the four first period goals on just nine Edmonton shots. Dan Ellis replaced Rinne at the start of the second period.

"We didn't play well, that's the bottom line," Rinne said. "I think it is that way for everybody, no one is really happy."

Andrew Cogliano and Denis Grebeshkov also scored for Edmonton, and Dustin Penner had two assists.

Former Oiler Jason Arnott scored Nashville's lone goal in the final minute of the second period. The goal ended a 104:23 goalless stretch for the Predators. Arnott has three of Nashville's six goals on the season.

Notes: Edmonton D Taylor Chorney recorded his first-career NHL point when he assisted on Stortini's first goal of the game Edmonton C Mike Comrie has recorded a point in each of the Oilers five games this season Nashville rookie C Colin Wilson made his NHL debut Monday. He had been sidelined since training camp with a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (3), Jean-Francois Jacques (1)
1 - 0 EDM
11:02
EDM
Gilbert Brule (2) Tip-in - ASST: Dustin Penner (2), Ladislav Smid (3)
2 - 0 EDM
13:58
EDM
PPG - Zack Stortini (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Comrie (3), Taylor Chorney (1)
3 - 0 EDM
19:31
EDM
Zack Stortini (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (3), Jason Strudwick (2)
4 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
02:07
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (3)
5 - 0 EDM
17:57
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Penner (3), Gilbert Brule (2)
6 - 0 EDM
19:11
NSH
Jason Arnott (3) Tip-in - ASST: Patric Hornqvist (3), Dan Hamhuis (1)
6 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:38
NSH
Triston Grant  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
01:38
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Triston Grant
12:03
NSH
Marcel Goc  Holding against  Ryan Stone
14:22
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:05
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Tripping against  Colin Wilson
2nd Period
04:37
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
04:37
NSH
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Gilbert Brule
08:22
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Holding against  Ryan Suter
12:16
NSH
Martin Erat  Interference against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:28
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Interference against  Patric Hornqvist
3rd Period
08:35
EDM
Ryan Stone  Boarding against  Joel Ward
18:16
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Tripping against  Ryan Jones
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 17
SV%: .976SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
SA: 9TOI: 20:00
Saves: 5EV: 4 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .556SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 11TOI: 39:54
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0