Erat's Hat Trick Helps Preds Defeat Oilers again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EDMONTON, Albeta (AP) -- Martin Erat scored his first career hat trick as the Nashville Predators beat the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth straight time with a 5-1 win Tuesday night.

J.P. Dumont and Ville Koistinen also scored for the Predators, while Tom Gilbert responded for Edmonton.

It was the second win in a row for the Predators, now 2-1 on a six-game road trip. The victory moved Nashville into seventh place in the Western Conference.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Oilers and stopped their run of consecutive victories on home ice at seven, one short of the franchise record.

The Predators came out strongly, scoring on two of their first three shots on goalie Mathieu Garon.

The first goal came just 55 seconds in as Dumont unleashed a hard wrist shot from the left circle that handcuffed Garon.

Under three minutes later it was 2-0. Erat put a shot on net and was rewarded as the puck banked off of defender Steve Staios and into the net.

Nashville took a 3-0 lead as Erat scored his second, picking the top corner with a blast from the point.

Dwayne Roloson came in to replace Garon for the second period and didn't fare much better, allowing a goal on the second shot 54 seconds in. Erat completed the natural hat trick, swatting in a rebound of Shea Weber's shot.

The Oilers took control of play not long after as a pair of fights erupted. Edmonton finally got a goal six minutes into the second period as Gilbert sneaked in from the point to slap his 10th of the season past Dan Ellis, making it 4-1.

The Preds restored their four-goal advantage before the midway mark as Vern Fiddler gained the zone and dropped a pass to a trailing Koistinen, whose hard shot beat Roloson.


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