"We had the game in our hands and all we had to do was be
smart, and we just shot ourselves in the foot," Vokoun said. "At
the end, we won. That's what counts."
Denis Arkhipov scored on the power play and Scott Walker chipped
in two assists for Nashville, which entered in seventh place in the
Western Conference. The Oilers, nine points behind the Predators,
have lost two straight at home since coming within a game of
Edmonton rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the third. Radek Dvorak
scored a power-play goal at 2:13, then Ethan Moreau made it 4-2
just 24 seconds later.
"We're a young team and when we get scored on, we are sometimes
fragile," Vokoun said.
Edmonton added a third unanswered goal from Raffi Torres with 55
seconds remaining but could not get even.
"It's a tough game to break down because we came out like we
wanted to," Moreau said. "We had a lot of great chances. There's
a couple missed assignments and that's unacceptable 50 games into
"It's almost insurmountable when you get down by that much,
against any team in the league."
Predators forward Jordin Tootoo had a number of supporters in
attendance, including over 300 people from his home territory
Johansson opened the scoring when he one-timed the rebound from
Mark Easton's point shot behind Salo at 5:45 of the first period.
Legwand extended the lead to 2-0 just 3:39 later when he also
beat Salo with a one-timer, this time on a low wobbler from the
The two combined on a great effort early in the second period
when they took advantage of an odd-man rush, passing it back and
forth before Johansson eventually banged in his own rebound.
The Predators had four power-play opportunities in the
first period, and Edmonton had three but neither scored. ... Ryan
Smyth assisted on Dvorak's goal for his 400th NHL point, all with
Edmonton. ... Ty Conklin replaced Salo for the third.
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Dave Jackson, Dean Warren Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Andreas Johansson (2)
Assists: Mark Eaton, David Legwand
David Legwand (10)
Assists: Andreas Johansson, Scott Walker
Andreas Johansson (3)
Assists: David Legwand, Scott Walker
Denis Arkhipov (3)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Radek Dvorak (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Ryan Smyth, Adam Oates
Ethan Moreau (9)
Assists: Fernando Pisani, Alexei Semenov
Raffi Torres (16)
Assists: Igor Ulanov, Radek Dvorak