Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett says good checking brought the team a 4-2 regulation win versus the Nashville Predators at Rogers Place in Edmonton on January 14, 2020.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored and Connor McDavid had three assists for the Oilers (25-18-5), who have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven outings.
"We started from the mindset we wanted to check for our success today", said Oilers' head coach Dave Tippett.
"We wanted to stay on our toes and keep moving and we checked well and it ended up in the right place for us". "I thought it was a big game for both teams".
Nugent-Hopkins opened the score for Edmonton nine minutes in the first period when he shot a pulse high past Rinne after a face-off victory. The slick German forward has had a phenomenal season to date and is now in the midst of a seven-game point streak.
The Predators responded two minutes later on a lovely goal by Forsberg, who came from behind the net and lifted the puck up, lacrosse style, and banked it in off Smith for his 16th of the season. "I need to eat a couple more hamburgers, so I can gain a little more fat here". "It's cool that it went in, but it would have been much better if we had won".
Edmonton even shot with 18 seconds left in the power play first while Draisaitl rebounded.
The Oilers surged back midway through the second period as McDavid fed it across to Archibald, who lifted it over a sprawling Rinne.
Draisaitl's goal into an empty net put the game away for in the final minute.
Nashville's Filip Forsberg scored the third such goal in league history, and only the second player to accomplish the feat after Carolina sophomore Andrei Svechnikov did so twice this season.
The Predators return home on Thursday to face the Anaheim Ducks, while the Oilers leave until Saturday when they host the Coyotes in Arizona. Start Draisaitl without hesitation each time he takes the ice. With Zack Kassian serving the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Archibald moved up to Edmonton's top line with McDavid.