NASHVILLE - It was a rare offensive outburst for the National Hockey League's lowest-scoring team. Colin Wilson
scored two goals and added two assists Friday night as Nashville snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 shutout of Edmonton at Bridgestone Arena. Patric Hornqvist
, David Legwand
, Rich Clune and newcomer Zach Boychuk
also potted goals for the Predators (10-9-5).
Shea Weber picked up three assists, while Mike Fisher added two as Nashville scored more than three goals for just the fifth time in 24 matches and tied its season high for goals, set in a Feb. 5 win at St. Louis. It entered the evening with only 47 goals in 23 games.
Given an unusual amount of support, Pekka Rinne turned back 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. He stoned Ryan Jones on two shorthanded breakaways, including one in the game's first five minutes that would have put the Oilers (8-11-5) in front.
Instead, Rinne stood tall and the Predators hit the board at 6:07 when Hornqvist stuffed the rebound of Wilson's shot past Devan Dubnyk
. It was just the second power play goal in the last seven games for Nashville.
Legwand made it 2-0 at 18:51 when his shot from just behind the red line bounced about 20 feet in front of Dubnyk and through the goalie's legs. It was Legwand's fourth goal of the year and led to Dubnyk's benching at the start of the second period.
Backup Yann Danis fared no better, yielding Clune's second goal of the season at 51 seconds of the second period and Boychuk's first goal, a deflection off Weber's slapper at 18:22.
It was Boychuk's first game with the Predators after being picked up off waivers Tuesday from Pittsburgh.
Wilson tacked on goals at 4:43 and 16:39 of the third period to top off Nashville's third win in 10 matches.
Notes: Edmonton's Ales Hemsky, who leads the team in goals with eight, sat out with a right foot injury suffered in the first period of Thursday night's loss at Detroit. Hemsky is considered day-to-day ... For the second straight year, Nashville is leading the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game with 10.0. That's still a bit higher than last season, when it took just 8.4 penalty minutes a night ... Wilson drew an assist in the first period, marking the 16th time in the team's last 35 goals that he'd been in on the action ... This was the first of three meetings between the teams in the next 17 days. They play on March 17 in Edmonton and on the 25th in Nashville.
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