NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Edmonton
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Columbus 3 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Brad Isbister scored midway through overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Skyreach Centre.
Isbister, Mike York, Jason Smith and Marc-Andre Bergeron each posted a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which snapped a three-game losing streak and closed the opening month with a 4-5-0 mark. Tommy Salo made 19 saves in the victory.
Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who lost their sixth straight game (0-5-0-1). Former Oiler Todd Marchant had an assist in his return to Edmonton and David Vyborny also scored in the loss.
Marc Denis made 37 saves for Columbus, which has yet to win on the road this season (0-4-0-1).
Bergeron started the play on the winning goal with a pass from center ice to York, who skated into the right circle and drew defenseman Scott Lachance toward him. York threaded a pass through the defenseman's legs to a trailing Isbister, who lifted a shot high past Denis on the stick side for his first goal of the season.
"It's nice to contribute," said Isbister, a healthy scratch in Edmonton's last game. "It's nice to help the team get a big win. Hopefully it's a fresh start."
Columbus trailed three times in regulation and each time tied it, cashing in a power play with 4:23 left to make it 3-3. Andrew Cassels got to a loose puck in the right corner and fired a pass to the top of the slot for Derrick Walser, who sent a shot toward the net. Nash was at the top of the crease and deflected the puck past Salo for his eighth goal of the season.
The Blue Jackets appeared to score again with 1:08 left when Marchant, who signed with Columbus as a free agent in July, beat Salo with a shot from the slot. However, Geoff Sanderson made just enough contact with the goaltender to force him out of position and the penalty nullified the goal.
"You go from your highest moment to your lowest moment in five seconds," said Marchant. "It's a judgment call. I didn't see it. All I know is I got the puck and the puck went in the net."
Steve Staois nearly scored on the ensuing Edmonton power play in the waning seconds of regulation, as he took a feed while cutting down the slot and snapped a shot just wide.
Edmonton had taken its third lead of the night at 2:46 of the third period on Smith's second goal. Marty Reasoner won a faceoff and Fernando Pisani got it back to Smith, who snapped a harmless wrist shot from the point past a disgusted Denis.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead just 4:51 into the game on York's third goal of the season. Radek Dvorak chased down his own rebound in the right corner and fired a pass across the top of the crease for a wide open York, who simply swept the puck into the empty side of the net.
Columbus tied it at the 8:22 mark on Nash's first goal of the night. Marchant won a faceoff and got the puck back to Jaroslav Spacek, who rifled a shot from the left point. Nash created traffic in front of Salo and was able to tap the puck into the net from the top of the crease.
Edmonton went back in front with 4:48 left in the second period. Isbister won a faceoff in the right circle and Bergeron gained control at the top of the slot before ripping a shot past Denis on the stick side for his first goal.
Again the Blue Jackets tied it, this time only 2:13 later on a shorthanded goal by Vyborny. Espen Knutsen had a shot from the slot stopped by Salo, but Vyborny was able to backhand the rebound past the netminder for his fifth goal.
Nash has four goals during a three-game goal streak. His eight goals this season are nearly half his total of 17 from his rookie campaign of 2002-03...Columbus center Tyler Wright returned to the lineup after missing six games because of a hyperextended elbow...The Oilers are 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings with Columbus.
10/31 01:57:50 ET