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11/2/2006 1:07:54 AM


EDMONTON (CP) - Paul Kariya had three assists as the Nashville Predators defeated Edmonton 5-3 on Wednesday night, ending the Oilers' six-game home undefeated streak.

Vernon Fiddler, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Scottie Upshall and David Legwand scored for the Predators, who have now won six consecutive road games and four straight overall.

Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Marc-Andre Bergeron had goals for the Oilers, who failed to set a team record for best start of the season at home. The 1985 and 1986 Oilers teams also started at 6-0 but couldn't get to seven.

Nashville has won the first three games of a five game road swing, improving their record to 8-3-1 to start the season. Edmonton fell to 7-5.

It didn't take long for Nashville to start the scoring as Fiddler tipped Kimmo Timonen's soft shot past Oiler goalie Dwayne Roloson just 1:05 into the contest. It was the first time during this season that Edmonton didn't score the first goal at home.

The Oilers couldn't get the second one either as Nashville extended its first period lead to 2-0 on the power play when Weber's shot made it through a maze of players in front and past Roloson with just under five minutes remaining in the first frame.

The Oilers finally gave the sold out crowd at Rexall Place something to cheer about just before the mid-mark of the second when Petr Sykora made a gorgeous no-look touch pass to send Hemsky in all alone and Hemsky made the most of his breakaway chance, beating Predators goalie Chris Mason top shelf glove-side.

Nashville restored the two-goal advantage before five minutes had elapsed in the third as defenceman Suter's wrist shot beat Roloson stick-side.

Edmonton was able to pull back to within striking distance when Smyth inadvertently kicked the puck through Mason's legs while skating in to join a scramble in front of the Nashville net. The goal was allowed after a video review, to cut the score to 3-2.

But Nashville got the insurance goal they needed with just over three minutes left when Kariya's shot on a two-on-one opportunity was kicked out to Upshall, who put his first of the season into a wide open net.

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