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Predators 3, Oilers 2 - Nashville escapes Edmonton with a shootout win

The Nashville Predators ran their record to 10-2-0 in their last 12 games with a shootout victory in Edmonton tonight. This, despite twice coughing up a third period lead and failing to capitalize on a late power play that extended into overtime. It all came down to the shootout, however, where Pekka Rinne's dominance came to the fore once again...

Follow after the jump for the video highlights and reaction!

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First, the video highlights and Predators vs Oilers boxscore:

  • It was nice to see Alexander Sulzer finally get his 1st NHL goal, by simply hustling his butt off to fill the lane and bury a nice crossing pass from Sergei Kostitsyn. Sulzer's done a pretty good job filling in first for Shane O`Brien (suspension) and Francis Bouillon (injury), after biding his time for weeks as the 7th D-man.
  • Third-period leads have been a bit of an issue all year for the Preds, and tonight was no exception. The initial Edmonton goal came after a poor decision by Cody Franson to pinch on a chipped puck up the boards by Liam Reddox, and even after Joel Ward put the Preds up 2-1 on the power play, to let Taylor Hall fly down the slot in the final minutes of the game is just a nasty, nasty breakdown.
  • That said, at least Pekka Rinne had another strong game. 22 saves and a couple goalposts kept the Oilers from pulling out the win. Yes, his stick played a huge role, too, as noted by Puck Daddy.
  • You've gotta give it up for Joel Ward, by the way, who posted a career-high 7 shots on goal.
  • There were a couple strange lineup decisions tonight, particularly with Matt Halischuk getting scratched after scoring his first goal as a Pred Thursday night at Colorado. Wade Belak was ineffective in limited action, and besides, why skate an enforcer against the speedy Oilers? That would seem to make more sense tomorrow night in Calgary.
  • This win brings the Preds within 4 points of Detroit for the Central Division lead. Just how high can the stakes get here, folks?
I'll get the advanced stats in the morning, but until then, you can consult It was a good night for the Ward-Spaling-Smithson line.