Preds Home Finale ends in Defeat; Oilers win 6-2

Pekka was pulled after the first period, but Anders was no match for Edmonton's wrath either.

The Predators faced their second straight loss last night to the power hungry Edmonton Oilers, basically allowing Canada to steak claim of Nashville. On Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers destroyed the Chicago Blackhawks 9-2 and they were ready to do the same as they made their way to Nashville Tuesday night. As much as we’d like to say the Predators put up a decent fight, the game honestly never was evenly matched in scoring and, as stated before, Edmonton stuck their little Canadian flag atop the Bridgestone Arena. Here are the highlights of last night’s game:

KEY POINTS:

  • Edmonton took the lead by four before the Predators could even make their first goal. Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, and two from Jordan Eberle shot past Peks before his fellow teammates could get their happy butts in gear. The Oilers head the 4-0 lead until the 3rd Period. Yikes.
  • Pekka Rinne, who failed to block three of Edmonton’s goals was pulled after the first period, giving backup Anders Lindback a chance to take the reins. Lindback allowed three goals during the third period, but blocked 19 shots altogether. Pekka blocked 13 during the 1st.
  • Jordin Tootoo not only scored the first goal for the Preds last night, it was also his first for the season. Toots scored at 11:32 in the 3rd on a power play. He was assisted by Captain Shea Weber and Alternate Ryan Suter.
  • Edmonton decided that being up by three was not good enough and scored two more goals during the third, sending the lead by five. The score at that point was 6-1.
  • With only 20 seconds left in the game, Jon Blum scored the second goal of the night for the Predators, but his and Tootoo’s goal wasn’t enough for a comeback against the Oilers. Blum was assisted by Mike Fisher and Jordin Tootoo. This is the second loss this season to the Edmonton Oilers for the Preds.
  • Although the Predators and the Oilers tied in shots at 32, the Oilers came out with the upper-hand in connecting the goal and puck together. Also, the Predators didn’t do so hot with the power play even though they were given seven penalties to use. The Predators only found themselves in the box five times and here are your guilty:
  1. Craig Smith – 1st 9:09 – Hooking
  2. Jerred Smithson – 1st 13:45 – Holding
  3. Matt Halischuk – 2nd 15:22 – Fighting (5 minutes)
  4. Sergei Kostitsyn – 3rd 6:50 – Interference
  5. Ryan Suter – 3rd 12:07 – Elbowing

The Predators did not end their home trek on a happy note, but now they are off on the road and seeking a win elsewhere. They will return to Edmonton on the 28th, hopefully ready to seek revenge on the Oilers (hope so). We here at Lady Preds have to stay on the positive side and admit that, although it was an ugly loss, at least we weren’t embarrassed by them like the ‘Hawks were (geez louise)!

GO PREDS.

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