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Oilers hand Preds third straight loss

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 12:32 AM

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Oilers hand Preds third straight loss
Nashville Predators 1, Edmonton Oilers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Shawn Horcoff
1st
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:32
Taylor Hall
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:24
Pekka Rinne
3rd
SA: 24TOI: 59:04
GA: 2EV: 17-18
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .917SH: 0-0
The young Edmonton Oilers were buzzing again, but it was their veteran forward who ultimately burned the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Ryan Smyth scored the game winner and added an assist as the Oilers skated away with a 3-1 victory against the Preds at Rexall Place.

Taylor Hall and Ryan Jones also scored and captain Shawn Horcoff had three assists for the Oilers, who are off to a 2-1-1 start after finishing in last place for two straight seasons.

"It was an all-around 60-minute game from everyone tonight," said Smyth. "We played physical and got pucks to the net and when you do that good things will happen."

Sergei Kostitsyn replied for the Predators (2-2-1), who have lost three in a row after launching the season with a pair of victories.

"That was one of the worst losses I've ever been part of," defenseman Shea Weber said.

The Oilers had the bulk of the good scoring opportunities in the scoreless first period as their young stars buzzed the net. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was particularly sharp making a quick glove save at the side of the net before Hall could bat the puck out of the air. Jordan Eberle also missed the net on a couple of quality chances.

The Predators scored the game's first goal, however, just two minutes into the second. Kostitsyn elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 attempt and Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was only able to get a piece of it before turning to watch the puck trickle into the net.

Edmonton had a good flurry of chances with a loose puck in front of the net on a late second period power play before time expired to keep it a 1-0 game, despite Edmonton outshooting Nashville 19-9 over the first 40 minutes.

"It all comes down to effort and work ethic," Rinne said. "It comes down to those simple things and we're not doing them."

The Oilers finally were rewarded for their pressure five minutes into the third period as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned his first career NHL assist, making a nice feed to Hall on the power play.

Just two minutes later Edmonton had the lead as Horcoff made a perfect pass through to Smyth, and he undressed Rinne with a backhand move to make it 2-1.

"I was impressed with the effort we came out with in the third," Horcoff said. "We really took it to them. The power play goal got us the momentum and we were able to go from there. It was a really good win for us, and hopefully a momentum-builder going forward."

Jones scored into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining.

"They led us, no question," Oilers coach Tom Renney said of his veterans. "That gives the kids a chance to go out there and play the exuberant game they do. The veteran players really have to step up and play games like this."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:58
NSH
Sergei Kostitsyn (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kevin Klein (2)
1 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
05:29
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1), Shawn Horcoff (1)
1 - 1 Tie
07:31
EDM
Ryan Smyth (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (2)
2 - 1 EDM
19:20
EDM
EN - Ryan Jones (1) Snap shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (3), Ryan Smyth (1)
3 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
03:30
NSH
Shea Weber  Boarding against  Jordan Eberle
05:55
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Matt Halischuk
11:59
NSH
Nick Spaling  Hooking against  Ladislav Smid
12:26
EDM
Taylor Hall  Hooking against  Shea Weber
2nd Period
03:34
NSH
Jonathon Blum  Holding against  Magnus Paajarvi
05:52
EDM
Linus Omark  Too many men/ice - bench
09:08
EDM
Linus Omark  Hi-sticking against  Jonathon Blum
19:13
NSH
Ryan Suter  Slashing against  Ryan Jones
3rd Period
05:07
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding against  Ryan Smyth
13:47
EDM
Andy Sutton  Tripping against  Colin Wilson
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 24TOI: 59:04
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 12TOI: 59:55
Saves: 11EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0