Edmonton pulls within two points of No. 8

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 behind 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 ties.

"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 of holes."

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 [are] making defensive

"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) but still hoping to make the playoffs for the first time
in their six seasons 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

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

Moreau opened the scoring with a short-handed breakaway goal at
9:59 of the second period.

"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 chances."

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 Smyth high-sticked Hall with Petr Nedved already in the penalty box, but
they failed to capitalize on their two-man advantage that lasted

Game notes
The game wasn't on local television in Edmonton and wasn't available there on pay-per-view, so the Oilers set up a $10 per person
broadcast at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium, drawing roughly 2,000
fans to the concert hall. ... Mike York returned to the Oilers'
lineup after missing four games with a finger injury. ... Vokoun has started eight in a row and 17 of the last 18
games. He has played in 66 of the Predators' 74 games.