Arnott’s OT goal lifts Predators over Oilers

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) — Jason Arnott scored a
power-play goal in overtime to lift the Nashville Predators to a
6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Steve Sullivan added two goals and an assist, David Legwand
scored twice and J.P. Dumont finished with three assists for the
Predators, who have won five straight.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Arnott said. “We knew they were
going to come out on all cylinders. They never quit, and we
never quit. We’re just glad we came out on top of it with the
two points.”

After Jason Strudwick drew a high-sticking penalty at the 1:25
mark of overtime, Nashville set its offense and worked the puck
around to Shea Weber at the left face-off circle. Weber
unleashed a slap shot but missed everything, bouncing the puck
off the boards behind the net.

The puck found its way to the right face-off circle where Arnott
found it an unleashed a blazing shot of his own, beating Dwayne
Roloson for the game-winner.

“I knew Roloson was scrambling,” Arnott said. “And the shot
before that, I knew I hurt him a little bit because he went
down. He was just scrambling all over the place, and I just
tried to get it on net. I knew (Sheldon) Souray was coming out
to block it, so I had to get it by him. That’s a big body.

“I missed a few open-netters tonight, so it was nice to get that

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The teams combined for five goals in the third period, with the
Oilers grabbing the first two to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3
lead at the 5:15 mark.

“We stuck with it,” Souray said. “We took the lead there in the
third. We showed some guts.”

But Sullivan responded to tie it at the 7:56 mark, taking a feed
from Arnott and stuffing it past Roloson to make it 4-4.

Sullivan gave the Predators the lead 70 seconds later when Dan
Hamhuis found him for his sixth goal of the season.

“It’s a huge win,” Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “The
guys did an unbelievable job in the third period. I almost gave
it away with a soft goal at the end, but the guys really
responded. Sometimes it goes like that. Sometimes I’m helping
them, and sometimes they come through big for me.”

Erik Cole’s 16th goal of the season tied it at 5-5 with 6:08
left in the game for Edmonton, which has dropped two of three.

“We were too tentative to start overtime,” Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said. “We lost the first faceoff, and we were
retreating ever since. We got that unfortunate break when
Struds took that penalty. They have the makings of a pretty
good 4-on-3 unit with Weber, Arnott, Dumont, and Sullivan. They
did what they needed to do to win the game.”