Clarksville, TN – Following a dominating 7-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night, the Nashville Predators provided an encore with another dominating victory, 4-0 over Conner McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver.
Predator’s goalie Juuse Saros was the star of the night, pitching a shut-out, stopping a franchise record, 46 shots on goal. Saros topped his previous record of 43 shots blocked on his last start against the Dallas Stars.
Starting goaltender, Pekka Rinne, stopped 25 shots last night in the win over Vancouver.
Nashville Predators forward Scott Hartnell (17) and Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) battle for a loose puck during the third period at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)
The Predators got off to a slow start having to withstand an offensive onslaught from the Oilers. Saros stopped 22 first period shots to keep his team in the game.
Pontus Aberg got the scoring started at the 2:56 mark when he tipped a shot from Matias Ekholm to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Kevin Fiala scored on a power play at 8:16 to make it 2-0 Predators.
Kyle Turris then made it 3-0 at 14:49, scoring past Oiler’s goaltender, Laurent Brossoit. Brossoit was starting his seventh straight game in place of Cam Talbot, who’s been out with an upper-body injury.
Roman Josi made it 4-0 on the two man advantage at 17:25 off of a pass from Filip Forsberg. Nashville did all of their scoring in the second period.
Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid was a non-factor in tonight’s game, actually costing his team the fourth goal, when his penalty put his team on a five on three disadvantage.
Nashville is getting scoring from a variety of players, not depending on their sharpshooters to pull out the victory. Their stifling defense is giving the opposition “fits” while their balanced scoring is making them one of the elite teams in the league.
This makes the tenth straight victory for Nashville over Edmonton, dating back to March, 2014.
The Predators continue their road trip when they travel to Calgary on Saturday.
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