Ilya Bryzgalov is feeling comfortable and very welcome in the Edmonton Oilers’ locker room, and the 33-year-old goaltender just proved he still knows how to shut opponents down. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall scored 51 seconds apart in the second period, and Bryzgalov got a shutout in his first start for Edmonton as the Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Thursday night. “Always like it when they don’t score,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “And he picked up right where he left off last game. I thought he was solid. He looked big in the net, everything. Check marks right across the page for him.” Bryzgalov, signed by the Oilers on Nov. 8, made 33 saves in his first NHL start since April 25 when he was in net for Philadelphia. Jordan Eberle added an empty-netter in the final minute off an assist from Hall, and the Oilers have won four of five. “So far so good,” Bryzgalov said. Predators captain Shea Weber was hit by a puck near his right eye at 15:24 of the second, dropped to the ice and immediately skated to the locker room. He did not return with what team officials called an upper-body injury… Read full this story
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