The Nashville Predators went 3/4 on the power play in defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Sunday afternoon.
“The first one’s a deflection that goes off a player — goes into the net — there’s not much we can do there,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “The second one, we lose a faceoff and stumble a little bit, and now we’re out of position. And, obviously, the third one is controversial where we get beat back to the net. So on a night when we get two power play goals we better be winning; so our penalty-killing units let us down tonight.”
Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg scored first period power play goals for the Predators, with Connor McDavid’s 21st of the season sandwiched in between.
Vern Fiddler made it 3-1 Predators 7:29 into the second. The teams then combined for four goals in the final six minutes of the period. Milan Lucic converted a pass from McDavid for a power play goal at 14:12 Colin Wilson scored at 15:21. The goal was initially waved off, but video review showed the puck hit the back bar of the net before coming out. Mark Letestu one-timed home a power play goal at 16:25, then Jordan Eberle tied it 4-4 with one minute left in the frame. The Oilers scored on two of their four man advantages in the period.
The Predators went up 5-4 1:19 into the third period on Viktor Arvidsson’s power play goal. The Oilers challenged the play for offside on the zone entry. After a review of almost seven minutes, the goal stood. The video showed Arvidsson with both feet in the air as the puck entered the Oilers zone, but one foot was still above the blue line when it was in the air.
Nashville has won nine straight against Edmonton. The Oilers close out their six-game road trip Tuesday in St. Louis. (jrw)