Arnott's Overtime Goal Pushes Preds Past Oilers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jason Arnott scored a power-play goal at 2:31 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat Edmonton 6-5 Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

Edmonton lost for the second time in three games even as the Oilers picked up a point and are tied with Nashville in the Western Conference standings. Erik Cole scored with 6:08 remaining in regulation to tie it at 5 after Andrew Cogliano and Jean-Jacques Francois scored within the first 5:15 of the period to put the Oilers up 4-3.

Steve Sullivan scored twice 70 seconds apart in the third period to put Nashville up 5-4, and he also had an assist. David Legwand scored two goals in the first period, and Ryan Suter added a power-play goal. Arnott also had two assists.

Sam Gagner had a goal and two assists. Marc-Antoine Pouliot also had a goal for the Oilers, who played without captain Ethan Moreau (injured right eye).

Nashville outshot Edmonton 43-28 and took all three shots in overtime. The Predators got the man advantage when Jason Strudwick was called for high-sticking J.P. Dumont in the corner, and they frantically kept trying to get the puck past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson appeared hurt and didn't have his stick when the puck bounced out to Arnott in the right circle, and he won the game with a slap shot.

Nashville won the season series 3-1 and has won 11 of 12 games between the teams.

Nashville has been hot lately, scoring 17 goals in its past three games. Legwand kept up the scoring with both of his goals in the first period.

Edmonton went up 2-1 as Gagner's backhander from in front beat Pekka Rinne midway in the first period, then Gagner found Pouliot in the right circle from behind the net. But Legwand tied it late in the session with a wrister from the edge of the crease.

Suter put Nashville up 3-2 just 15 seconds into the game's first power play in the second period. His slap shot squeezed between Roloson's stick and the right post for the defenseman's fifth goal.

Rinne, the NHL's rookie of the month for February, struggled in the third period as he gave up three goals, the last coming as Cole skated around the net and then bounced a backhander over Rinne's pad.


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