Ryan Jones (#28) and the Oiler defenseman are battling for position on the puck. The Oiler defenseman has the slightest of edges, but nothing that Ryan can't overcome.
2. Once the puck crosses the blue line, Wade Belak (Preds #3) is free to drive down the middle (a.k.a. "the slot"). A defender is not immediately on him, so he will have an easy time doing so.
4. Jones and the Defender are now in a full on battle for the puck. Jones does an excellent job of using his body to attempt to out-muscle the Oiler.
5. The other two oiler defenseman are in good position, letting the play come to them. They could choose to be more agressive, but there is no need on this play. It appears that the puck will continue harmlessly into the corner.
Nick Spaling (Preds #13) is all alone at the bottom of the screen.
"Play the Man", and get in the way and stop Spaling and Jones from getting to the net. However, the Oilers are instead "Playing the Puck", which means they are all looking for the puck so they can knock or pass it away from the goal.
10. Belak's rebound is picked up by Jones, who is easily able to chip in puck. Jones's shot is from just a few feet out, and no one touches him. Goal! Also, notice all the traffic around the Oiler goaltender. It becomes very hard find the puck (much less save the puck) with that much traffic in front.
What is great about this goal is that it shows that the Preds are fighting for the puck and are working hard to get to the net. The first five predator goals of the game look almost idential to this one! For highlgihts of those goals, click here.