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Pronger's power-play pair leads Oilers over Preds

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Chris Pronger's slap shot and the
Edmonton Oilers' power play both clicked at the right time.

Pronger got Edmonton even in the third period and then scored
4:17 into overtime to lift the Oilers to a 3-2 victory Sunday over
the Nashville Predators.

The defenseman netted both goals on the power play as Edmonton
used three man-advantage tallies to win its second straight
following a four-game losing streak.

"We want to keep teams back on their heels," Pronger said
after the Oilers went 3-for-11 on the power play.

Ryan Smyth set a screen for Pronger's tying goal at 6:49 of the
third and again for his winner on the Oilers' season-high 42nd shot
at goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Eighth-place Edmonton won three of four against Nashville to
move to within four points of the Predators in the Western
Conference postseason race.

"This is playoff hockey," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.

Pronger, who logged 32:54 of ice time, and Smyth both played in
the Olympics for Canada. They are trying to shake off the
disappointing loss the defending champions suffered in the
quarterfinals.

"The good thing about coming back and being in games right away
is it kind of takes the focus off that," Pronger said.

Scottie Upshall had a power-play goal, and Paul Kariya also
scored for the Predators, who lost their seventh straight road
game.

Upshall batted in a rebound past Ty Conklin in the first period
with Edmonton defenseman Jaroslav Spacek serving a double minor for
an accidental high stick on Steve Sullivan.

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
year."

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
Jan. 4-7.

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
team.

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."

Game notes
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
Friday.