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NASHVILLE - Call it redemption for Sergei Kostitsyn and another much-needed win for Nashville.

Kostitsyn chalked up a goal and an assist Monday night as the Predators won their third straight game, holding off Edmonton 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena.

Kevin Klein and Chris Mueller broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with goals for Nashville (14-13-6), which can sweep its four-game homestand Thursday night with a win over Phoenix.

Nashville started the evening in 10th place in the Western Conference, just two points out of a playoff spot.

Corey Potter and Shawn Horcoff scored goals for the Oilers (11-13-7), who dropped their third straight game and remain five points out of the playoff picture.

Edmonton won its last matchup with Nashville 3-2 on March 17 in a game marked by Kostitsyn asking for a line change and leaving captain Shea Weber to defend two Oilers, leading to the go-ahead tally.

This time, Kostitsyn was the offensive star. After Potter's power play goal gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 7:53 of the first period, Kostitsyn potted his third goal at 11:51, converting Mike Fisher's crossing pass into a tap-in past Devan Dubnyk.

Kostitsyn then set up Klein, a defenseman who rushed into the play, for an easy goal at 4:31 of the second period to give the Predators the lead for good.

Mueller made it 3-1 at 11:33, taking Brandon Yip's pass and smoking a 14-foot wrist shot over Dubnyk's right shoulder.

Horcoff drew the Oilers within 3-2 at 7:03 of the third period, deflecting Ales Hemsky's shot past Pekka Rinne. Horcoff appeared to kick the puck into the net, but the play wasn't reviewed.

Rinne finished with 24 saves, helping Nashville stone two power plays in the final 11 minutes and 45 seconds.

Notes: Nashville right wing Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an upper-body injury suffered in Edmonton's last visit on March 8. The Predators sent defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League to make room for Hornqvist ... Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid entered the night with 86 blocked shots in 30 games, good for second in the NHL. He's just two behind league-leading Brooks Orpik of the Penguins ... Nashville placed defenseman Scott Hannan on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Hannan has missed the last four games ... Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (illness) returned to the lineup after missing Saturday night's loss to St. Louis.
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