EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Andreas Johansson and David Legwand quickly
restored the chemistry they've shown in the past.
Johansson and Legwand each had three points and the Nashville Predators hung
on for a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Johansson doubled his goal total for the season, scoring twice and adding an
assist against Oilers goalie Tommy Salo.
``Tommy Salo always talks about how I never score on him, so it was nice to
get that over with,'' Johansson said of his Swedish countryman.
Legwand scored once and assisted on Johansson's goals. The linemates had a
goal each on Nashville's first three shots of the game.
``It was fun,'' Legwand said. ``Every time we get out there, we like to play
a puck-control game and hang on to it as along as we can. The goals we created,
I think we did that.''
Tomas Vokoun was sharp for the Predators, stopping 22 shots for his
NHL-leading 22nd win, tying him with Ed Belfour of Toronto and Marty Turco of
``We had the game in our hands and all we had to do was be smart, and we
just shot ourselves in the foot,'' Vokoun said. ``At the end, we won. That's
Denis Arkhipov scored on the power play and Scott Walker chipped in two
assists for Nashville, which entered in seventh place in the Western
Conference. The Oilers, nine points behind the Predators, have lost two
straight at home since coming within a game of reaching .500.
Edmonton rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the third. Radek Dvorak scored a
power-play goal at 2:13, then Ethan Moreau made it 4-2 just 24 seconds later.
``We're a young team and when we get scored on, we are sometimes fragile,''
Edmonton added a third unanswered goal from Raffi Torres with 55 seconds
remaining but could not get even.
``It's a tough game to break down because we came out like we wanted to,''
Moreau said. ``We had a lot of great chances. There's a couple missed
assignments and that's unacceptable 50 games into the season.
``It's almost insurmountable when you get down by that much, against any
team in the league.''
Predators forward Jordin Tootoo had a number of supporters in attendance,
including over 300 people from his home territory Nunavut.
Johansson opened the scoring when he one-timed the rebound from Mark
Easton's point shot behind Salo at 5:45 of the first period.
Legwand extended the lead to 2-0 just 3:39 later when he also beat Salo with
a one-timer, this time on a low wobbler from the high slot.
The two combined on a great effort early in the second period when they took
advantage of an odd-man rush, passing it back and forth before Johansson
eventually banged in his own rebound.