Published January 23, 2011
EDMONTON, Alberta – Cody Franson scored the lone shootout goal and Pekka Rinne turned aside all three Edmonton shooters in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the Oilers on Sunday night.
Rinne got a huge break in overtime after losing his stick on a wild scramble on an Edmonton power play. Shawn Horcoff beat Rinne with a diving backhander, but the puck struck the unattended stick at the goal line and deflected out. A video review confirmed the puck didn't fully cross the line.
The Predators, fourth in the Western Conference with 60 points, have won three straight — all on the road — and 10 of their last 12. The Oilers, last in the conference, have dropped five in a row and 14 of 16.
Joel Ward gave Nashville a 2-1 lead on a power-play with 5:55 left, but Oilers rookie star Taylor Hall tied it with 3:47 remaining in regulation.
Predators defenseman Alexander Sulzer opened the scoring midway through the first period, and Andrew Cogliano tied it early in the third.
Franson assisted on both Nashville goals.
NOTES: Nashville was 1 for 5 on the power play and Edmonton went 0 for 4. ... The Predators will play the fifth game of their six-game trip Monday night in Calgary. ... The Oilers start a two-game trip Tuesday night in Phoenix. ... It was the first of four meetings between the teams this season. ... Predators forward Marek Svatos missed the game because if a lower-body injury. . . Oilers defenseman Jim Vandermeer returned after missing seven games with an ankle injury. To make room for him on the roster, the Oilers sent Taylor Chorney to Springfield of the AHL. ... Oilers forward Ales Hemsky will miss the All-Star game because of a concussion.