NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Columbus|
(Friday, November 29th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Edmonton 2
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three
straight goals in the second period en route to a 4-2 decision over the
Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena.
Artem Anisimov, Nick Foligno and Jack Skille all tallied in the middle session
to help the Blue Jackets avenge a 7-0 defeat to the Oilers in Edmonton earlier
this month. Ryan Johansen potted a goal in the first period while assisting on
Foligno's power-play marker, with Sergei Bobrovsky recording 25 saves in the
"I was pleased with the energy that we came out with and the energy we played
with," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards.
Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle each scored late for Edmonton, which had won four
of five coming in. Ilya Bryzgalov let up four goals on 23 shots before being
removed in favor of Devan Dubnyk to begin the third period.
Johansen recorded the lone goal of an otherwise evenly played opening frame.
Corralling a puck worked from the boards into the slot by Cam Atkinson, the
centerman fired a wrister that beat Bryzgalov to the stick side 7:50 in.
Columbus then capitalized on a pair of power-play chances in the second period
to break the game open.
The first came while skating 5-on-3. Stationed at the left side of the
Edmonton net, Anisimov put home Matt Calvert's centering feed through the
crease with 3:34 elapsed in the stanza.
Foligno knocked in his own rebound in front after receiving the puck from
Boone Jenner just past the midway mark of the second for a 3-0 Columbus
We weren't ready to go out of the gate," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.
"We just seemed to be a second late all night."
Skille made it a four-goal game late in the period, rushing hard up the ice
and sending a well-placed wrist shot that landed just inside the left corner
of the net.
"My linemates made a good play on the wall," said Skille of the goal. "I got a
fortunate bounce and when it came to my stick all I was thinking was [to] just
get by that [defenseman] and make sure you have a quick release on the shot.
It worked out."
Edmonton finally got on the board with 9:24 left to play, when Gagner sent a
bad-angle shot from the left corner that found its way through. Just over five
minutes later, Eberle pulled the Oilers within 4-2 by rocketing the puck past
a screened Bobrovsky during an Edmonton power play.
Dubnyk was pulled with 2:25 to go and got off three shots on goal over that
stretch, but Bobrovsky turned each one aside.
Edmonton was dealt its first regulation loss in its past seven meetings with
Columbus, having gone 5-0-1 over the previous six matchups ... Forward Corey
Tropp, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets on Thursday, notched an assist
on Skille's goal in his Columbus debut ... Dubnyk stopped all five shots he
faced in the third period ... Edmonton's Taylor Hall had a seven-game point
streak halted ... The Blue Jackets finished 2-for-5 on the power play while
holding the Oilers to a 1-for-7 showing with the man advantage.
11/30 00:04:29 ET