NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Columbus|
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Edmonton 4
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Manny Malhotra scored the game-winning goal
with 1:09 to play in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied
past the Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, in a wild affair at Nationwide Arena.
Kristian Huselius, Derick Brassard, Fredrik Modin and R.J. Umberger each had a
goal for the Blue Jackets, who had dropped two straight and five of their last
six contests coming in.
"We had a lot of players play really, really well tonight," said Columbus head
coach Ken Hitchcock. "We deserved this one tonight. We earned it."
Raffi Torres had a pair of assists in his first game against his former team.
The Blue Jackets acquired Torres from Edmonton on July 1 in exchange for
Steve Mason, Columbus' second pick (69th overall) in the 2006 draft, made 22
saves to record a win in his NHL debut. Last year, Mason went 32-7-3 with a
2.51 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 42
games with London and Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.
Ales Hemsky, Andrew Cogliano, Kyle Brodziak and Ethan Moreau lit the lamp for
Edmonton, which has lost six of its last eight games. Tom Gilbert had two
helpers, while Dwayne Roloson was victimized for five goals on 38 shots.
Hemsky, streaking down the left side, fired a wrister over the glove of Mason
to break a 2-2 tie 47 seconds into the third period.
Brodziak gave the Oilers a two-goal edge at 2:07, but the Blue Jackets
responded with three unanswered goals.
Columbus pulled to within 4-3 on Umberger's tally at 3:50, then Modin evened
the score just 56 seconds later.
Shortly after his penalty expired, Torres accepted a feed from Rick Nash and
ripped a shot on goal that was stopped by Roloson. He followed up the play and
lifted the rebound over the fallen netminder and Malhotra managed to bat the
puck out of the air with 69 seconds remaining.
Edmonton pulled Roloson for an extra skater, but couldn't net the equalizer.
"It's disappointing to lose a game that you're leading by two goals, but it's
in the fashion that we lose the game," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.
"That speaks to inexperience, it speaks to our collective gamesmanship as a
team right now and it's a painful lesson."
Huselius put Columbus on the board with 1:25 remaining in the first period.
With Hemsky serving a minor penalty for interference, Huselius twirled inside
the right circle before letting go a wrister that beat Roloson on the stick
Brassard, the NHL's top rookie for the month of October, made it 2-0 at 2:31
of the second period, but Edmonton countered on the power play. Robert Nilsson
slipped a pass from behind the net to Cogliano and he snapped the puck past
Mason at the 5:53 mark.
The Blue Jackets wasted a chance to pad their lead, failing to convert on a
two-man advantage for 1:33.
Later in the frame, Hemsky went off for hooking, but a costly turnover deep in
Columbus' zone resulted in a short-handed tally. On the forecheck, Fernando
Pisani stole the disc from Columbus rookie Jakub Voracek behind the Blue
Jackets net and backhanded it out front to Moreau, who tied the game with 3:32
left in the middle stanza.
Voracek and Mike Commodore both collected two assists for Columbus...Nash
extended his goal-less streak to seven games. He totaled five goals in
the season's first six games...Mason is the fourth Blue Jacket to make his
NHL debut this season, joining Derek Dorsett, Nikita Filatov and Voracek...The
Blue Jackets went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton finished 1-
for-5...Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid left the game in the first period
with a mild concussion and did not return.
11/06 01:50:00 ET