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Craig Smith scores twice as Predators down Oilers

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:44:14 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - Craig Smith scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday at Rexall Place.

Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for his sixth win of the season while Taylor Beck and Shea Weber had a goal each for the Predators (6-1-2), who snapped the Oilers' four-game winning streak.

Taylor Hall scored while Ben Scrivens stopped 31 shots for the Oilers (4-5-1), who remain winless against Western Conference teams.

In the first period, Smith poked the puck past Scrivens following a scramble in front. The goal, however, was waved off as referees ruled the whistle was in the process of being blown before the puck crossed the goal line.

Smith did score at 6:23 of the second period, getting to a rebound in front of the Oilers net and lifting a shot over Scrivens for a 1-0 lead.

Nashville extended its lead at 7:49 on another transition play following a turnover deep in its end.

After Oilers center Leon Draisaitl lost possession of the puck, Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm spotted Colin Wilson, who hit a streaking Beck for a tap-in goal.

Weber increased the Predators' lead 24 seconds into the third period on a point shot that beat a screened Scrivens to make it 3-0.

Hall scored at 8:54 when he put a long rebound kicked to him by Rinne on a shot from Nugent-Hopkins past the Predators goaltender.

Smith scored his second of the game at 12:24, taking a pass from Matt Cullen on a 2-on-1 break and snapping it past Scrivens.

The Oilers end their seven-game homestand Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks while Predators play the Calgary Flames in the second of a six-game road trip Friday.

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