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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Predators

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
THE TURNING POINT


19:03 into the second period, Dustin Penner took an unfortunate holding penalty giving the Predators the man advantage. It looked like the Oilers were going to sneak out of the second period only down by a goal however with three seconds to go in the Penner penalty, Ryan Suter took a hard slap shot from the point which was tipped in by Hornqvist into the top corner of the Oilers goal. Erat picks up the second assist on the goal.

TOP PERFORMERS

OILERS - Robert Nilsson scored a couple of highlight reel goals for the Oilers tonight. His first came on the power play just 3:05 into the opening frame. He received a nice long pass up the middle and without slowing down and with a ton of open ice, he made no mistake deeking out Pred's goalie Dan Ellis. His second goal came at 14:10 of the second period also on the power play. He got the puck on a partial breakaway and again showed some amazing moves and got the goalie moving across his net. He fooled Ellis and got the Oilers back within one.

Lubomir Visnovsky has been silently stellar for the Oilers lately. After assisting on the opening goal tonight for the Oilers and netting the second goal just two minutes later, he improves to three goals and four assists over his last seven games.

PREDS-
Ryan Jones has goals/points in four consecutive games now for the Predators for the first time in his career (4g-1a). Prior to that, he was held pointless in his first 12 games. He picked up the second goal for the Preds tonight after finding themselves down 2-0 in the first period.

Patric Hornqvist picked two goals and an assist and was a +2 on the night. His second goal came on the power play as he tipped one past Deslauriers with just three seconds remaining.


SAVE OF THE GAME


Oilers second power play of the night came at the five minute mark in the second period.   Jerred Smithson went to the box for holding. Penner won the face off in the offensive zone and the puck shot out to Grebeshkov who made a quick slap shot from 56 feet out right on net. Dan Ellis made a huge toe save on Grebber's shot that may have saved a goal. Grebeshkov got the rebound and shot at Ellis again only to have Erat block the shot.  Nilsson and Penner both managed to get a snap shot on net before the man advantage expired.




THE 4TH STAR

The first star went to Robert Nilsson for his two goals tonight and strong play tonight. Nilsson got the first goal of the game on the power play just 3:05 into the game giving the Oilers the one goal lead. He then got his second of the night on the breakaway and also on the power play coming at 14:10 of the second period. The second star went to Nashville's Hornqvist for his strong efforts tonight. He picked up the Predator's 4th and 5th goals of the night and the 5th was the key to the win for the Preds coming just three seconds to play in the second period giving Nashville a two goal lead. The third star went to Dan Ellis for stopping 21 of 22 shots on goal.
The fourth star should go to Lubomir Visnovsky for his efforts. He has been great for the Oilers as of late and picks up the Oilers second goal as well as assists on the first one scored by Nilsson.


STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

Lubomir Visnovsky is quietly climbing the point ladder and with a goal and an assist tonight he is sitting in 7th in defensemen scoring and tied for 3rd in goals by a defensemen. Lubo has 14 points in his last 14 games. He has 25 points on the year.




QUOTABLE

Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn:

"I don't think you can ever accept losing no matter how it happens."

"We're going to have to keep going back to the drawing board to figure out why we are a team that breaks and not bends. Breaks and loses a game rather than bending and fighting and coming back for it."

Oilers first star tonight, Robert Nilsson:

"I don't know what we're thinking. We need to start thinking about not doing that again. I think we are a playoff team but right now we're not playing like a playoff team."
BY THE NUMBERS

31- The Oilers are 6th in the league in 1st period goals with 31.

 57-  Total Nashville man-games lost this year.

 56- Preds have scored 56 goals in their last 16 games before tonight.

4:46- Time it took Pred's to score 3 goals.

269,424- Total attendance this year at Rexall Place.







Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com

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