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Eric Cole has three-point night as Oilers beat Predators 5-2

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EDMONTON - Erik Cole led the way with a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers extended their winning streak to three games with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.

Sheldon Souray, Shawn Horcoff, Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oilers (17-14-3) who have recorded points in four in a row and moved back over .500 at home with a 6-5-3 record at Rexall Place.

Martin Erat and Shea Weber had the goals for Nashville (17-15-3) who have lost three of their last five and had a nine game winning streak against Edmonton snapped. The Predators have also now lost five in a row on the road.

Nashville started the scoring 5:41 in as Erat corralled a deflection at the side of the net and showed good hands, tucking it past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Oilers were able to get back on even footing midway through the opening frame on a patented power-play bullet from the point by Souray that blew past Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis. It was Souray's 11th goal of the season, briefly tying him for the league lead for goals by a defenceman with Weber.

Edmonton momentarily held the lead with five minutes to play in the first when Horcoff took a low percentage shot that snuck through Ellis' legs but Nashville came back just 35 seconds later with a five-hole goal of its own as Weber retook sole possession of the league lead, sending his 12th of the season through Roloson's pads.

Edmonton took control of the game in the second period with three goals.

Gagner got the scoring spree started midway through the second by stripping a puck from defender Kevin Klein and sending a backhand pass to Cole for just the fifth of the season by the former 30-goal scorer during his time in Carolina.

Just 40 seconds later the Oilers added to their lead as Cogliano's attempt to pass from behind the net got caught up in Ellis' equipment and dribbled behind the Nashville netminder.

Pekka Rinne came in to replace Ellis in goal but didn't fare much better early on as a Tom Gilbert shot was tipped in front by Gagner for just his third of the season and a 5-2 Oilers lead after 40 minutes.

There was no scoring in the third.

The Predators return to the ice on Monday night in Colorado while Edmonton next plays host to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Notes: Oilers captain Ethan Moreau returned to the lineup after missing one game with a badly bruised wrist. He put that injury to the test early, getting into a first period scrap with Jordan Tootoo. . . . It was not a battle between teams usually packing a lot of offensive punch to this point of the season. Entering the contest Nashville was tied with Minnesota for the fewest goals in the Western Conference with 87. Edmonton had the next fewest goals in the Conference at 90 Edmonton. . . . Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky recorded his 300th career point with a first period assist Nashville hasn't lost this season when leading after the first period. Sunday's game was tied 2-2 after the opening frame. . . . The Predators didn't get their first power play opportunity until midway through the third.

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