NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Nashville
(Saturday, October 29th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Nashville 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky had a goal and added three assists, as the Edmonton Oilers rolled past the Nashville Predators 5-1 at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Ryan Smyth donated a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who have now won two straight after dropping their previous seven games. Marc-Andre Bergeron netted the deciding goal for Edmonton and goaltender Jussi Markkanen made 23 saves between the pipes.
"We needed it," said Bergeron. "We're a good team with a lot of expectations."
Martin Erat had the lone score for Nashville, which has now lost two straight after starting the season 8-0. Tomas Vokoun stopped 26 of 31 shots in the loss.
Erat scored his second goal of the season 3:15 into the opening period to put Nashville in front on a wrister from the right circle, but Edmonton roared back with five unanswered tallies.
Smyth struck first for the Oilers at the 8:00 mark of the opening frame with a rebound goal in front of the net.
The game-winner belonged to Bergeron, who received a perfect feed from Cory Cross as he skated out of the penalty box and flew in on net unimpeded for a breakaway goal.
Later in the frame, Hemsky finished off a pretty tic-tac-toe sequence, firing a shot from the left circle that beat Vokoun and gave the Oilers a 3-1 advantage.
That was the first of three straight power-plays goals, as Jarret Stoll and Steve Staios scored with the man-advantage in the third period to complete the rout.
"Our power play needed to step up," said Edmonton defenseman Chris Pronger.
The Predators were the last team in the league to experience a regulation loss...Edmonton is now 2-4-0 on the road...The road team in this series is 11-3-2 in the last 16 meetings. The Oilers are also 6-1-2 in their last eight visits to the Music City.
10/29 23:12:08 ET