Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Smyth was one of four Edmonton skaters
to notch a goal and an assist, as the Oilers snapped a six-game slide with a
5-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday at Rexall Place.
Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each lit the lamp and
added a helper, while Nail Yakupov also found the back of the net for
Edmonton, which received 34 saves from Ben Scrivens.
"We carried momentum shift after shift," Smyth said. "We needed a win to build
David Legwand netted Nashville's lone goal, while Carter Hutton allowed all
five goals on 27 shots for the Predators, who have lost two straight.
Legwand scored with 4:35 left in the opening frame to tie the game at 1-1, but
the Oilers responded with four unanswered goals to run away with the contest.
Eberle broke the deadlock with 12 seconds left on the first-period clock,
tapping in a slick feed from Taylor Hall on the low right side to make it 2-1.
Nashville appeared to pull even less a minute into the second stanza, but
Taylor Beck was called for goaltender interference on the play to nullify the
Edmonton then extended its edge on the power play at 10:12, when Smyth camped
out in front and pounded home a rebound for a 3-1 lead.
Yakupov blasted a one-timer from between the circles at 16:46 to increase the
cushion before Nugent-Hopkins put one home from the low right side with the
Oilers on a power play at the 15:32 mark of the third to account for the final
Schultz opened the scoring just under three minutes into the game, ripping a
wrister high over Hutton from the low left circle to make it 1-0.
Legwand led a 2-on-1 rush later in the first and ripped a wrister past
Scrivens' blocker from the right circle to tie the tilt at 15:25.
Hutton had won four straight starts ... Nashville fell to 1-17-2 when trailing
after one period ... Smyth's power-play goal was the 125th of his career,
tying him with Wayne Gretzky for second all-time on Edmonton's PPG list ...
Scrivens notched his first win with Edmonton since being acquired from Los
Angeles on Jan. 15 ... Nashville went 0-for-3 on the power play while Edmonton
finished 2-for-3 on the power play.
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