Oilers' Sam Gagner, Lennart Petrell connect as Predators' Sergei Kostitsyn bails on play

Edmonton's Sam Gagner, left, and Lennart Petrell celebrates Petrell's goal during the third period...

Edmonton's Sam Gagner, left, and Lennart Petrell celebrates Petrell's goal during the third period of the Edmonton Oilers' NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, March 17, 2013. The Oilers won 3-2. Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

EDMONTON - Conventional wisdom dictates one shoots the puck on a short-handed two-on-one rush.

But with Sam Gagner heading in on Shea Weber and Lennart Petrell busting his backside to jump into the play, the Edmonton Oilers leading scorer made a perfect pass to set up the go-ahead goal in the third period.

“I’m not going to try and make that play if it’s through bodies,” said Gagner. “We had such a long two-on-one, that you have a lot of time to think. But Lenny did a great job of opening up for me and it was kind of an easy play. I was able to fake a shot and pass it over to him and it was a great play by Lenny.

“I saw him jump in right when I got the puck. I saw Weber there originally and I thought I would have to try and beat him, which is a tough thing to do. So it was nice to have Lenny jump in.”

Petrell’s goal midway through the third period gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead at the time. Jordan Eberle went on to score the eventual game winner five minutes later in a 3-2


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