Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/21/12
Ales Hemsky netted his first NHL hat trick to lead visiting Edmonton to its third win in the past four games with a 6-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Hemsky scored twice in a three-goal second period for the Oilers, who have won their last two trips to Bridgestone Arena.

Hemsky broke out along the boards, bursting to the net and beating Anders Lindback glove side at 14:03 of the middle frame for his first-career hat trick. He opened the period with his second goal just 28 seconds in, knocking in his own rebound off a wrist shot from the slot.

Nashville cut the lead to two goals on David Legwand’s second goal of night four minutes into the third period, but couldn’t solve Devan Dubnyk, who made 41 saves.

The Predators fell to the Oilers for the fifth time in their last seven meetings and lost at home for just the ninth time in regulation this season.

Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Darcy Hordichuk snapped a 91-game scoreless skid and Hemsky netted his first of the game, both goals coming in a four-and-a-half minute span.

Nashville got on the board with just seven seconds left in the first period when Legwand banged home a scramble in front of the Oilers goal.

Following Edmonton’s goal on the man advantage, Nashville answered with a power-play marker of its own, making the score 4-2 on Patric Hornqvist’s goal at 12:35 of the second period.

Sam Gagner added an empty net goal.
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