EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ These Edmonton Oilers don't have the scoring power
they did two decades ago, but they resembled those clubs Friday night.
Igor Ulanov scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 left in a wild third period
and Ethan Moreau had two goals and an assist in the Oilers' 5-4 victory over
the Nashville Predators.
``It was a wild one, no question,'' Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said
after the Oilers scored four goals in a frenetic third period. ``It was a
throwback to the early `80s around here.
``Last goal wins _ and we knew we had to win this game.''
The Oilers moved within two points of the Predators in the race for the
eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Edmonton is in 10th place with
78 points, one fewer than ninth-place Los Angeles.
Ulanov banged in Jarret Stoll's rebound for his third game-winning goal. It
capped a period that featured six goals, 29 shots, three lead changes and three
``It was an unbelievable game,'' Moreau said. ``The emotional changes over
the course of 60 minutes were almost too much to take.
``It's indicative of the season we're having. We keep digging ourselves out
Radek Dvorak gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead at 11:01 with a pass that banked in
off the skate of Nashville defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
Scott Walker made it 4-4 at 12:29, when he scored his second of the game and
23rd of the season.
``They just found a way,'' said Nashville's Greg Johnson, who had a goal and
an assist. ``That's been our problem _ not closing out games. We're not getting
the job done and making defensive lapses.
``We've had a ton of important games, and we've got a ton more to come.''
Timonen also scored for the Predators, who are winless in seven games
(0-3-3-1) and hoping to make the playoffs for the first time in their sixth
season in the NHL.
``You don't want to get into a seesaw battle,'' forward Steve Sullivan said.
``You want to keep the puck to the outside and make it easy on your goaltender.
We didn't do that.''
Fernando Pisani had the other goal for the Oilers, who've won three in a row
and haven't lost in regulation in 11 games (6-0-2-3).
Moreau made it 3-3 at 9:22 of the third. He went wide around Predators
defenseman Shane Hnidy and took a shot that squeezed under Tomas Vokoun's arm
and into the net for his 20th goal.
Johnson put the Predators up 3-2 at 6:40, just 20 seconds after the Oilers
tied it at 2 on Pisani's goal. Andreas Johansson centered the puck to Johnson,
who one-timed a low shot for his 14th goal.
Moreau opened the scoring with a short-handed breakaway goal at 9:59 of the
``If I'm skating well, things happen for me,'' Moreau said. ``Our team has
the ability to move the puck well and I just try to use my speed to create some
Moreau has four goals in three games and a career-high 20 this season, tying
him for the team lead with Raffi Torres and Ryan Smyth.
Timonen pulled the Predators even exactly two minutes later when his high
shot got through a crowd in front of Ty Conklin and found the top right corner.
Walker gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 15:07 of the second, beating Conklin low
to the stick side with a bad-angle shot.
The Predators had a chance to go up two goals when Ryan Smyth high-sticked
Hall with Petr Nedved already in the penalty box, but they failed to capitalize
on their two-man advantage that lasted 1:23.