EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers‘ got everyone involved in this slump-busting win.
Ryan Smyth, Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Scrivens made 34 saves as Edmonton ended a season-high six-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
“It was a good team win, all four lines and all six defense were rolling pretty good,” Schultz said. “We got contributions from everyone tonight. Whether they were on the score sheet or not, everyone played well. It was nice to get a win.”
“It was nice to get out to an early lead and I thought we carried momentum shift after shift in the first period,” Smyth said. “We desperately needed a win, to build some confidence. Now we have confidence that we can win. We can come from behind if we need to, but it was nice to play with the lead.”
Edmonton has had five losing streaks of at least five games this season.
David Legwand scored for the Predators (23-23-8), who have lost two in a row - against a pair of Alberta teams, blowing a lead in a 5-4 shootout loss in Calgary on Friday.
“I’m quite disappointed,” Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. “We had a game in Calgary the other day and let a point slip away, and tonight we had it 1-1 late in the first and I thought we would be in good shape. We gave up a poor goal in terms of our structure, it was bad coverage by us. When they got the third goal it took a lot of steam out of our bench.”
Predators forward Paul Gaustad said the last two losses have hurt for a team trying to claw its way into the playoff picture.
“It’s obviously not the result we wanted,” he said. “Every team in this league is a really good team, no matter what the standings always say. We need to find ways to get two points. We have to start making a move up.”
Edmonton started the scoring three minutes into the game as Jesse Joensuu saw Schultz streaking in from the point and hooked a pass to the defender for a hard shot that beat Predators goalie Carter Hutton.
Nashville tied it with 4:30 to play in the opening period as Legwand elected to shoot on a two-on-one break and beat Scrivens in the top corner.
The Oilers went into the dressing room after the first on a positive note, scoring with 12 seconds left in the first period. Taylor Hall sent a great pass through the legs of defender Roman Josi to give Eberle an easy redirection into the net from the crease.
The Predators came in with a 1-16-2 record when trailing after the first period.
Nashville thought it had tied it just 48 seconds into the second period, but Taylor Beck was called for goalie interference for running Scrivens over as he chipped the puck in, and the goal was disallowed.