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Arvidsson scores twice, Predators defeat Oilers

Rinne makes 34 saves for Nashville, which moves into first in Western Conference

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals, and the Nashville Predators moved into first place in the Western Conference with a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday.

The Predators (40-14-9) lead the Vegas Golden Knights by two points for the conference lead and the Winnipeg Jets by six for first in the Central Division.

 

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Scott Hartnell and Austin Watson scored, and Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville, which has won six straight.

The six-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Predators and gave David Poile the most wins by a general manager in NHL history (1,320), passing Glen Sather.

"To be able to come back and deliver on such a big night for him was pretty special and something really incredible for us as a group to be a part of," Watson said. "Congratulations to Mr. Poile and his family. It's incredible."

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl scored, and Cam Talbot made 38 saves for Edmonton (27-33-4), which has lost two games in a row.

"Mistakes hurt us," Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "We fought with the right effort and a lot of our guys had really strong games. As long as we have that compete level and that effort we will be on the right side of the board most nights. It was definitely tough to lose that one, but it is one we can grow from."

Video: NSH@EDM: Arvidsson, Forsberg connect on give-and-go

McDavid scored at 11:01 of the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. He picked up a loose puck in front of the net and deked Rinne.

Draisaitl made it 2-0 at 19:07 on the power play with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Rinne glove side.

"The first period was tough, I don't think we played that bad," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "The chances were in our favor. I like some of the things we did. Our defenseman didn't have his stick on the first goal, and the second one they were able to score a goal off the rush on the power play."

Hartnell scored at 16:28 of the second period to make it 2-1, capitalizing on a turnover by Ryan Strome deep in the Oilers zone. Nick Bonino knocked Strome off the puck in the corner and set up Hartnell for a one-timer in front.

Arvidsson tied the game 2-2 at 19:50, converting a pass from Filip Forsberg on a 2-on-1.

"It was a big goal with [10] seconds left," Arvidsson said. "Filip made a big pass and I just had to have my stick down and put it in the net."

Arvidsson put Nashville up 3-2 at 14:52 of the third period on a rebound off a shot from Forsberg.

Watson made it 4-2 at 16:50 on a one-timer into an open net after a pass from Ryan Hartman.

"I thought it was a fairly evenly matched game and when all was said, we made a few more mistakes than they did, and they capitalized more on our mistakes than we did on theirs," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "We played a solid third period, there wasn't much going on either way, but we had a couple of breakdowns from veteran players that really cost us." 

Video: NSH@EDM: Watson finishes Preds' smooth passing play

 

Goal of the game

Hartnell's goal at 16:28 of the second period.

Video: NSH@EDM: Hartnell beats Talbot from in close in 2nd

 

Save of the game

Rinne's save on Nurse at 12:02 of the third period.

Video: NSH@EDM: Rinne makes back-to-back stops on Nurse

 

Highlight of the game

Arvidsson's goal at 14:52 of the third period.

Video: NSH@EDM: Arvidsson tallies second goal on rebound

 

They said it

"I think we have that confidence as a group that we know that we can score goals if we stick to what we're talking about and stick to what [coach Peter Laviolette] is preaching, then we're going to be able to score goals and come back in the hockey game and we were able to do that." -- Predators forward Austin Watson

 

"We didn't make a lot of mistakes, but they made us pay for the ones that we made. We had enough chances to extend the lead in the second period and we weren't able to capitalize on them." -- Oilers forward Milan Lucic 

 

Video: NSH@EDM: McDavid dangles by Rinne to open scoring

 

Need to know

Hartman has a goal and an assist in two games for Nashville since being acquired in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. … Craig Smith had an eight-game point streak (four goals, five assists) end. … Edmonton has given up a two-goal lead in five of its past six games. 

 

What's next

Predators: At the Vancouver Canucks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Oilers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN1, MSG, NHL.TV)

 

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