RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Gratton #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers punches Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period of an NHL preseason game at the RBC Center on September 25, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday