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(Monday, March 25th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Edmonton 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Sergei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators held off the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, on Monday.
Kevin Klein and Chris Mueller also scored for the Predators, who have won three in a row since a four-game skid. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves.
"I'm sure it's going to be like this until the end of the season," Rinne said of the one-goal spread.
Nashville activated forward Patric Hornqvist from injured reserve prior to Monday's game. He missed the previous eight games with an unspecified upper- body injury.
Taylor Hall and Shawn Horcoff lit the lamp for the Oilers, who have dropped three straight. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23-of-26 shots.
"It's not enough to play in Nashville to play 20 minutes," Edmonton head coach Ralph Kruger said.
Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to the lineup after missing two games with flu-like symptoms.
The Oilers scored on the power play at the 7:53 mark of the first period. Corey Potter's slap shot from the point deflected off Hall and past Rinne.
Kostitsyn tied the game at the 11:51 mark of the opening stanza. Mike Fisher dug the puck out of the corner and sent a pass into the goalmouth, where Kostitsyn slammed it past Dubnyk.
At the 4:31 mark of the middle frame, Kostitsyn found a streaking Klein for an easy tap in.
Nashville made it 3-1 at 11:33 mark of the second period when Mueller ripped a shot over Dubnyk's shoulder.
Edmonton cut the gap to 3-2 at the 7:03 mark of the third. The puck went off Horcoff's skate and trickled through Rinne.
Nashville took two of three from Edmonton this season ... The Predators assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee of the AHL ... Nashville improved to 9-2-4 at home this season ... Nashville defenseman Scott Hannan (upper body) missed the game ... Oilers center Eric Belanger suffered a groin injury in the second period and did not return.
03/26 01:41:40 ET