Oilers beat Predators 5-1, snaps 6-game skid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014
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Edmonton went up by two goals midway through the second period as Smyth picked up the rebound in the crease of a long shot by Corey Potter and put it past Hutton. It was Smyth's 125th power-play goal as an Oiler, tying him for second on the team's all-time list with Wayne Gretzky and putting him one back of leader Glenn Anderson.

"For Ryan, that was a special thing to do," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "Hopefully he can keep moving up the charts. Anything that has Mr. Gretzky's name on it and you can match it, it's a great, great accomplishment."

Edmonton made it 4-1 with three minutes left in the second period as Sam Gagner hit Yakupov trailing on an odd-man rush and the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NHL draft sent home his 10th of the season.

The Predators outshot Edmonton 17-7 in the third and thought they had finally been rewarded on what looked to have been goal by Craig Smith. But, once again, Beck was called for goaltender interference because he was lying on top of Scrivens when the puck trickled across the line.

"I've never seen anything like that," Beck said. "On the first one I was just taking the puck hard to the net and my momentum kind of ran the goalie a little bit. I think the puck would have gone into the net regardless, but the ref called it no goal. On the second one I was getting hacked and whacked and ended up falling on the goalie and again it was disallowed. Those things happen, I guess. Hopefully next time it is called the other way."

The Oilers put the game away for good with 4:30 left after some quick passing on the power play led to Nugent-Hopkins' 15th goal.

NOTES: It was the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Edmonton won the first game 3-0 on Nov. 28 with Ilya Bryzgalov earning the shutout. ... It was the first meeting between the teams since a trade on Jan. 15 that sent goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Oilers to the Preds in return for forward Matt Hendricks. Dubnyk has not had a strong start in Nashville, allowing nine goals in his two starts, and was not selected to play against his former team. ... The Oilers were without captain Andrew Ference, who sustained a head injury in their previous game against Phoenix. Forward Ales Hemsky also remained out with an ankle injury. ... Predators goalie Pekka Rinne continues to be on injured reserve with a hip injury. ... Nashville forward Eric Nystrom was coming off a rare four-goal performance against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

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