Kariya had three assists in Nashville's 5-3 victory Wednesday
night, stopping the Oilers' six-game home winning streak.
That's quite a turnaround for a team that opened the season 0-3.
Nashville (8-3-1) has won the first three of a five-game road trip.
"When we started off we were doing little things wrong and we
started correcting them bit by bit each game," forward Jason
Arnott said. "We were able to grind out a few games at the
beginning and then start to turn things around. It starts with our
goaltenders -- they have been playing extremely well. When you have
great goaltending it filters its way out."
Chris Mason made 22 saves for the Predators.
Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Marc-Andre Bergeron had goals for
the Oilers (7-5), who failed to set a team record for best home
start. The 1985 and 1986 Oilers teams also started 6-0 but couldn't
get to seven.
"I don't think the streak meant that much to the team," goalie
Dwayne Roloson said. "Accolades are great but all we are worried
about is winning games in general and trying to get back to where
we were in the playoffs last year and to win our last game of the
The Predators jumped in front early. Fiddler tipped Kimmo
Timonen's soft shot past Roloson just 1:05 into the game. It was
the first time this season that Edmonton didn't score the first
goal at home.
"Our record is starting to approach mediocrity," Oilers coach
Craig MacTavish said. "We know that and it is important that we
come back with a good game."
Weber's power-play goal with 4:07 left in the first made it 2-0.
Hemsky scored on a breakaway in the second but Nashville
regained its two-goal lead when Suter's wrist shot beat Roloson
4:49 into the third.
Roloson stopped 27 shots for the Oilers, who pulled within one
twice after Suter's goal but couldn't tie it.
With just more than three minutes left, Kariya's shot on a
2-on-1 opportunity kicked out to Upshall, who put his first of the
season into a wide-open net to make it 4-2.
Upshall, from Fort McMurray, Alberta, was playing in front of
friends and family.
"It was such a great feeling to chip in with that first goal.
That's the first one in a long time," he said.
Legwand added an empty-netter in the final seconds.
With his first-period assist, Kariya hit the 800-point
milestone for his career. ... The Oilers' 7-4-0 record in October
was their best start since they went 9-4-1 in 2001-02. ... Mason
made his third start of the season for the Predators. The Oilers
were the only Western Conference team Mason hadn't played.