Oilers' Dubnyk makes 37 saves to blank Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rookie Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for his first career NHL shutout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Monday night.
Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Jones, Jim Vandermeer, and Dustin Penner scored for Edmonton, which ended a four game losing streak.
Dubnyk had to be sharp early with Nashville holding a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal through the first 10 minutes of the first period.
The Predators have dropped five of their last six games.
Cogliano scored the game's first goal with just over 5 minutes left in the opening period. Jordan Eberle drove toward the Nashville net and sent a backhand shot on Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne from the left circle. Rinne stopped that shot, but the rebound landed in the low slot, where Cogliano was able to lift a backhand of his own over Rinne's glove.
Jones, a former Predator, doubled the Edmonton lead early in the second. Colin Fraser had the puck on the right boards, where he fired a pass to Jones, who was skating through the slot. Jones had an easy tap-in for his 12th goal of the season.
The Oilers claimed Jones off waivers from Nashville on March 3, 2010.
Third period goals by Vandermeer and Penner ended Rinne's evening early, as he was replaced by backup Anders Lindback at 6:58 of the third. Rinne had 16 saves on 20 shots.
Notes: Edmonton had lost four consecutive games to the Predators. ... Oilers rookie LW Taylor Hall had two assists. ... Prior to Monday, Rinne had allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 14 appearances. ... Nashville failed to score a power-play goal despite five opportunities with the man advantage against the league's 30th ranked penalty kill.