NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Columbus
(Tuesday, November 18th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson made 37 saves and the Edmonton Oilers exploded with four goals in the third period in their 7-2 thumping of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists, while Andrew Cogliano, Sheldon Souray, Lubomir Visnovsky and Tom Gilbert each scored and added a helper for Edmonton, which came in having four combined goals during its recent three- game slide.
"[Roloson] was really on top of his game and when your goalie outplays the other guy, it's normally a pretty good indication of the result," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said.
Pascal Leclaire allowed all seven goals on a mere 19 shots for Columbus, which has dropped three of four. Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash each recorded a goal in the loss.
The Blue Jackets lived in the offensive zone for most of the game, but it was the Oilers who made their shots count.
After Jason Chimera was whistled for high-sticking, Souray's blast from the right point blew by Leclaire 5:38 into the game.
Nearly eight minutes later, Souray controlled the puck from roughly the same spot but chose to pass to an open Cogliano. The cross-ice dish caught Leclaire off guard and Cogliano simply redirected the puck into the back of the net.
With just over seven minutes to play in the second, Edmonton built a 3-0 lead when Cogliano's pass from behind the net found an open Marc-Antoine Pouliot on the left doorstep for his first tally of the season.
Huselius finally got the Jackets on the board with nearly two minutes to go in the second stanza, controlling the puck through the defense and beating Roloson with a wrister.
After Gilbert and Nash exchanged power play goals for their respective clubs, Edmonton lit the lamp three times in the span of 3:03. Dustin Penner, Horcoff and Visnovsky each registered slap shots past the clearly overmatched Leclaire, the last coming with 4:51 remaining in the game.
"The fifth goal was a killer goal," Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We needed a save on the fifth goal. It's the one that broke our back."
Edmonton hosts Detroit on Thursday, while Columbus heads to Atlanta on Saturday...Edmonton has taken six of the last eight meetings against Columbus...Ales Hemsky had three assists for Edmonton, while teammate Sam Gagner and Columbus' Derick Brassard each had two helpers.
11/18 22:36:24 ET