NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Edmonton
(Sunday, March 5th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Chris Pronger's second goal of the game with 43 seconds left in overtime lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place.
Ryan Smyth scored the other goal and Ales Hemsky and Jaroslav Spacek added two assists each for the Oilers, who have won two straight games after a four-game losing streak.
Ty Conklin made 18 saves in net for Edmonton, which won the season-series against Nashville, 3-1.
Scottie Upshall and Paul Kariya tallied goals for the Predators, who have lost two of their last three games. Tomas Vokoun was sharp in net and stopped 39 shots, but still suffered the loss.
"It's just unbelievable what you have to go through to win a game at this level," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "You throw absolutely everything you have at the opposition and you have a one goal win. You can't make any mistakes or very few mistakes you have to play a complete game."
The Predators Ryan Suter was called for hooking Smyth on a breakaway with 1:24 left in overtime to set up the Edmonton goal.
Edmonton worked the puck along the outer edges and from the left circle Jarret Stoll got it to Pronger in the high slot. Pronger took a stride in and let loose with a cannon blast. Vokoun flashed the glove, but only managed to slow it down on the way into the net.
The Oilers were trailing 2-1 going into the final 20 minutes, but they tied it up with a power-play goal.
Suter was called for holding at the 6:33 mark of the third and Edmonton struck quickly. After the faceoff win, Hemsky had the puck at the top of the left circle and got it to Pronger in the high slot. Pronger let fly with a blast that went through a screen and into the net 6:49 in.
"We collapsed defensively," said Upshall. "I think we only had one shot in the third period which you're not going to win games doing that. We're going to have to learn from this quick and then move on to Calgary come the next couple of days."
The Predators drew first blood in the game with a power-play goal. Spacek was assessed a double-minor for high sticking. Kimmo Timonen let fly with a one- timer from the top of the left circle that Conklin made a pad save on. But the rebound came out in front and Upshall poked it in for his sixth goal of the season 8:01 into the game.
The Oilers, though, knotted it back up with a power-play goal of their own. On a pretty tic-tac-toe play, Hemsky passed it from the top of the left circle to Spacek in the low right circle. Spacek redirected the puck to the front of the net where Smyth tapped it in with 6:28 left in the first period.
Nashville responded quickly to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. After a faceoff win, Marek Zidlicky let fly with a one-timer from the right point that Kariya redirected in front of the net past Conklin 1:06 after Edmonton's goal.
Edmonton thoroughly dominated the middle stanza and outshot Nashville 19-4. But, despite having four power plays, the Oilers were unable to put any shots past Vokoun and it remained a 2-1 game going into the final period.
Edmonton wraps up its six-game homestand against Dallas on Tuesday...The Predators continue their four-game road trip at Calgary on Tuesday...Nashville went 1-of-5 on the power play...The Oilers went 3-of-11 with the man advantage...The goal was Kariya's 20th of the season.
03/05 20:04:31 ET