EDMONTON - Martin Erat's third-period goal gave the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton on Sunday afternoon.
J.P. Dumont also had a goal while Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in net for the Predators (22-24-3).
Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal for Edmonton (25-21-3), which missed an opportunity to gain some ground in the Western Conference. They remain tied for sixth in the conference with Dallas and Minnesota.
There was no scoring in the first period. The best chance belonged to Nashville's Shea Weber, who was given a clear lane to the net and had his slapshot rattle off the post behind Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson.
Edmonton had 11 first period shots on Rinne to Nashville's eight.
Nashville finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes to play in the second period. Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert coughed the puck up to Dumont deep in Edmonton territory and he was able to bank the puck off Roloson and in.
The Predators made it 2-0 eight and a half minutes into the third frame as David Legwand made a nice saucer pass to Erat and he deked out Rolson for his 13th goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, the Oilers responded as Robert Nilsson made a cross-ice feed to Hemsky and he blew a one-timer past Rinne to make it 2-1.
The Oilers put a lot of late pressure on the Preds but couldn't get another past Rinne.
Both teams are back at it on Tuesday as the Oilers close out a six-game homestand against Chicago and the Predators return home to face Phoenix.
Notes: Predators agitator Jordin Tootoo was a late scratch for Nashville after sustaining a hand injury during a fight with Todd Bertuzzi during the Predators loss to the Flames on Friday ... The Oilers had been hoping he would play, seeking retribution for a hit that took Ales Hemsky out of the lineup for 10 games with a concussion the last time the two teams met ... Oilers assistant captain Steve Staios played his 500th career game for Edmonton ... The Predators are the only team in the league with a perfect record when leading after one period - they're 11-0.