The Oilers tied it at 1 when Ales Hemsky made a crisp pass to
set up Smyth's team-leading 28th goal, his 15th on the power play.
"You can't win games if you're in the box all the time,"
Kariya said. "That's our problem. It's been our problem all
Conklin, making his second straight start, surrendered his
second goal of the first period when Kariya tipped in Marek
Zidlicky's point shot.
The Oilers put a season-high 19 shots on Vokoun in the second
period but couldn't score as the Predators killed off four straight
penalties. Vokoun, who made his 10th start in 11 games, stopped a
pair of three-shot flurries and a rare rush from Georges Laraques.
"It's got to change within the room," Predators coach Barry
Trotz said of the penalties. "Guys have to be disciplined and
accountable. (Those) who aren't are messing with teammates."
Edmonton continued crashing the net in the third, and Pronger
beat Vokoun to tie it 2-2 with a slap shot from the point on the
Oilers' 10th power play.
"We didn't give up, we didn't quit, and we were rewarded for
it," said Conklin, who hadn't started two consecutive games since
Rem Murray, a forward who last played in the NHL on Jan. 5,
2004, with Nashville, signed a one-year contract with the Oilers
and played on the fourth line. It is Murray's second stint with the
Murray, 33, almost had his career cut short after being
diagnosed with cervical dystonia, a nerve disorder of the neck. He
was sixth in scoring with Houston of the AHL this season with 11
goals and 35 points in 54 games.
"He gives us experience," MacTavish said. "He can play
center, he can play the wing and he's a penalty killer."
To make roster space for Murray, the Oilers sent forward
Brad Winchester to Hamilton of the AHL. ... The Predators are
without C Yanic Perreault and D Mark Eaton for up to a month
because of knee injuries. ... Oilers C Marty Reasoner took 30
stitches to his right ear but didn't miss any action after being
hit by Pronger's shot in Edmonton's 3-2 win over San Jose on
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Tom Kowal, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Scottie Upshall (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Kimmo Timonen, Shea Weber
Ryan Smyth (29)
(Power Play) Assists: Jaroslav Spacek, Ales Hemsky
Paul Kariya (20)
Assists: Marek Zidlicky, Mike Sillinger
No scoring this period
Chris Pronger (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Ales Hemsky, Jarret Stoll
Chris Pronger (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Jarret Stoll, Jaroslav Spacek