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Predators score 3 in 1st, hang on for win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Matt Cullen also scored for Nashville, winners of three straight.

Benoit Pouliot and Nail Yakupov had the goals for Edmonton, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Edmonton fell to 0-7-1 against fellow Western Conference teams this season.

Ribeiro opened the scoring at 2:51 of the first period.

James Neal’s shot from the right side was stopped by Edmonton goaltender Viktor Fasth, but Ribeiro was in front to backhand the rebound in for his fourth of the season.

Nashville has scored first in just five of 15 games.

Cullen extended the lead at 9:21 of the first.

Fasth stopped Seth Jones’s shot from the high slot, but Cullen connected on a diving backhand that just sneaked inside the right post.

Cullen played his first home game of the season. He sustained an upper-body injury in the team’s first preseason game and returned for the start of Nashville’s recently completed six-game road trip.

Forsberg scored at 19:06 of the first from the right side when Ribeiro sent a pass his way from behind the net and the rookie slipped it between Fasth and the right post.

Forsberg has scored in five consecutive games and has recorded at least one point in six straight.

Ben Scrivens replaced Fasth at the start of the second period. Fasth stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced in the first. Scrivens made 18 saves and did not allow a goal.

Pouliot got Edmonton on the scoreboard at 31 seconds of the second when he beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

Rinne finished with 21 saves.

Yakupov drew the Oilers within a goal when he scored at 14:42 of the second off of a nice pass from David Perron.

NOTES: Nashville D Anton Volchenkov returned to the lineup after serving a four-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Calgary’s Michael Ferland Oct. 31. . At 38 years, 9 days, Cullen holds the Nashville franchise record for oldest player to score a goal. . The Oilers are 0-4-0 when trailing after one period. . Fasth entered Tuesday with a 4-0-0 career record against Nashville.

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