Ekholm scores twice to help Predators beat Oilers 4-1

Nashville Predators' Petter Granberg, right, celebrates a goal with teammates Mattias Ekholm (14) and Austin Watson as Edmonton Oilers' Benoit Pouliot (67) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP)
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Mattias Ekholm scored twice and the Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Saturday night.

Mike Fisher also scored and Filip Forsberg had an empty-net goal and an assist for the Predators, who had lost six of seven before winning their past two games. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves.

Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row heading into a nine-day break.

Edmonton got on the board first with a goal 12 minutes in as Draisaitl made a great individual effort to cut back on defender Shea Weber and send a backhand shot past Rinne.

Nashville got that goal right back, though, as Ekholm was finally able to chip a puck past Oilers starter Cam Talbot after a scramble in front.