Slow start does not deter Predators in road trip opener

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:05am
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators overcame an early two-goal deficit for a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday in Edmonton.

Patric Hornqvist became the third Nashville player with at least 10 goals this season when he scored twice in the second period. His first, at 8:18, concluded a run of four straight by the Predators. His second, on the power play and with four seconds to go in the period, answered a power-play goal by the Oilers a little more than five minutes earlier.

Hornqvist also had an assist on Marcel Goc’s goal with 3:01 to play in the first period. That one gave the gave the Predators (21-11-3, 45 points) the lead, and they stayed in front the rest of the way.

It was the second three-point game of the season and the second straight multi-point effort for Hornqvist.

Edmonton (15-15-4, 34 points) scored on two of its first four shots and led 2-0 after just 5:01. At that point, Dan Ellis replaced starting goalie Pekka Rinne. Ellis turned aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced.

Ryan Jones finally got Nashville on the board at 12:13 of the first with his fourth goal in as many games.

Joel Ward had a goal and an assist. J.P. Dumont, Ryan Suter and David Legwand all had two assists. Dumont raised his team-leading total to 17, one more than Suter and two better than Legwand.

The game was the first of three straight on the road. The Predators will continue the trip 3 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Calgary.