Predators down Oilers

Updated: March 25, 2013

Sergei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist as
the Nashville Predators held off the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, on Monday.

Kevin Klein and Chris Mueller also scored for the Predators, who have won
three in a row since a four-game skid. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves.

Nashville activated forward Patric Hornqvist from injured reserve prior to
Monday’s game. He missed the previous eight games with an unspecified upper-
body injury.

Taylor Hall and Shawn Horcoff lit the lamp for the Oilers, who have dropped
three straight. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23-of-26 shots.

Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to the lineup after missing two
games with flu-like symptoms.

The Oilers scored on the power play at the 7:53 mark of the first period.
Corey Potter’s slap shot from the point deflected off Hall and past Rinne.

Kostitsyn tied the game at the 11:51 mark of the opening stanza. Mike Fisher
dug the puck out of the corner and sent a pass into the goalmouth, where
Kostitsyn slammed it past Dubnyk.

At the 4:31 mark of the middle frame, Kostitsyn found a streaking Klein for an
easy tap in.

Nashville made it 3-1 at 11:33 mark of the second period when Mueller ripped a
shot over Dubnyk’s shoulder.

Edmonton cut the gap to 3-2 at the 7:03 mark of the third. The puck went off
Horcoff’s skate and trickled through Rinne.

Game Notes

Nashville took two of three from Edmonton this season … The Predators
assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee of the AHL … Nashville improved
to 9-2-4 at home this season … Nashville defenseman Scott Hannan (upper
body) missed the game … Oilers center Eric Belanger suffered a groin injury
in the second period and did not return.