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Predators pull out SO win over Oilers

Jan 24, 2011 - 4:42 AM
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Cody Franson scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Nashville Predators took a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Nashville's second shooter, Franson snapped a shot off the right post and in. Taylor Hall was the last chance for Edmonton, but Pekka Rinne made the stop of Hall's backhand for the win.

Alex Sulzer had a goal and an assist while Joel Ward scored the other goal for the Predators, who have won three straight. Rinne made 22 stops while Franson had two assists.

Hall and Andrew Cogliano each lit the lamp for the Oilers, who have dropped their past five contests. Devan Dubnyk made 26 stops in the loss.

"We felt that this was a game we were in for sure," said Cogliano. "We could have had it, there was a good effort out there. But it came down to a shootout and it didn't go our way."

The only goal of the first period was scored by Nashville as Sulzer one-timed a Sergei Kostitsyn pass for his first NHL goal.

After a scoreless second period which saw the two goaltenders combine for 16 saves, the Oilers tied the game 2:03 into the final frame. In the neutral zone, Liam Reddox chipped the puck off the boards to get around his defender and from the left wing he threw the puck in front to Cogliano for the easy tap-in.

The Predators took the lead back on the power play as a slap shot that came from Sulzer in the high slot was redirected over Dubnyk by Ward with 5:55 to play.

However, Edmonton tied the game with 3:47 left as a pass from Dustin Penner at the left point to a flying Hall saw the rookie take it down low and use a shoulder fake before chipping it over a prone Rinne.

Each team had a power play in the overtime, but the goaltenders came up with the saves, including one from Rinne's stick on the goal line as it sat on the ice.

"I didn't like the way we played," admitted Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We can be a little firmer on a lot of areas of our game."

Game Notes

Nashville plays in Calgary on Monday...Edmonton hits the road for a game in Phoenix on Tuesday and a contest in Dallas on Wednesday...It was the first meeting of the season between these clubs. Nashville took three of four last season and has won 15 of the last 17...Nashville is 6-2 in shootouts this season while Edmonton is 1-7.