Wennberg gives Blue Jackets win against Oilers

Craig Merz  - Correspondent | Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 2:39 AM

COLUMBUS -- A trying rookie season for Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg got better Friday when he scored the deciding goal in the shootout for a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena.

Wennberg was the only player to score in the tiebreaker; he put a wrist shot off Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens' glove and into the net to start the fifth round. It was Wennberg's first goal in three career shootout attempts.

The goal came after Wennberg had two assists in regulation but was stopped on a break in the opening seconds of overtime. He was happy that Columbus coach Todd Richards gave him another chance.

"The shootout showed his confidence in me," Wennberg said.

After Wennberg's goal, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Teddy Purcell's backhand and the Blue Jackets (30-34-4) won their third straight and ended a five-game home losing streak.

Bobrovsky made 31 saves through 65 minutes. Scrivens finished with 27 saves for the Oilers (18-39-12), who lost their seventh straight game.

Nail Yakupov scored off a one-timer during a 5-on-3 power play at 3:26 of the third period to give the Oilers their first lead. He has 11 goals. It was the third power-play goal for the Oilers, the first time this season they've had that many in a game.

Columbus left wing Scott Hartnell tied the game at 4-4 with 3:37 left in regulation when he scored off a goalmouth rebound. It was his fourth goal in three games and his 20th of the season, the eighth time in his career he's reached that mark.

"Hartnell made a good play," Edmonton coach Todd Nelson said. "He went hard to the net and got rewarded."

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist for the Oilers; Derek Roy and Andrew Ference also had goals, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz each had two assists.

For Columbus, rookie Marko Dano had a goal and an assist. Cam Atkinson and Artem Anisimov also scored goals, and Nick Foligno had two assists.

Wennberg made the Blue Jackets out of training camp mainly because of a spate of injuries before being sent down. He played six games for Springfield of the American Hockey League before being recalled Dec. 19 and has stayed in the NHL since.

He has two goals, 11 assists and has a minus-28 rating but has been on a line recently with Hartnell and Dano.

"I feel good out there," Wennberg said. "Our line is breaking out, getting some pucks to the net. We have good chemistry."

Hartnell enjoys seeing Wennberg develop.

"He's got a lot of skill and he's been playing a lot better the last 20, 30 games," he said. "He's becoming a man and learning how to play every night. I'm happy he's had some success."

The combination of two unseasoned players and the veteran Hartnell seems to be clicking.

"It's fun to play with that youth," he said. "Those young legs get me going. It's an exciting few games we've had together."

Edmonton also has plenty of young players, and they're showing resiliency despite their skid.

The Oilers overcame a multiple-goal deficit for the second time in as many nights; they trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Thursday, rallied to tie the game but ultimately lost 6-4.

This time, the Oilers trailed 2-0 after one period, rallied to tie the game, then fell behind 3-2 before Ference scored at 19:11 of the second to make it 3-3. His third goal of the season came 2:20 after Anisimov had put the Blue Jackets ahead with his fifth goal of the season.

"The last couple of games the guys have stuck with it, at least," Eberle said. "We've fought back hard. It hasn't gotten scrambly when we've gotten down.

"It's more the opposite. We're probably playing a tighter system when we're trying to get back in it. It's a positive, but it's frustrating."

Edmonton erased a 2-0 deficit with two power-play goals in the second period; Roy tied it at 12:56 when a fortunate bounce left him with the puck and an open net. A rim around the boards by Oscar Klefbom was about to be played in the trapezoid by Bobrovsky when the puck skipped out front to Roy for his ninth goal. Scrivens got the secondary assist.

Edmonton's first goal came when Eberle snapped a cross-ice pass from Nugent-Hopkins top shelf past Bobrovsky at 6:18. Eberle has three goals and four assists in the past four games.

"The first period was fine," Nelson said. "We had a turnover on the first and we got in some penalty trouble and they capitalized.

"We bounced back strong in the second period. I liked our game. The third, we couldn't lock it down but we played well enough to deserve two points

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:43CBJ Marko Dano (5) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (10) 1 - 0 CBJ
19:57CBJ PPG - Cam Atkinson (15) ASST: Nick Foligno (36), Jack Johnson (25) 2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
06:18EDM PPG - Jordan Eberle (18) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (27), Justin Schultz (21) 2 - 1 CBJ
12:56EDM PPG - Derek Roy (9) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (12), Ben Scrivens (1) 2 - 2 Tie
16:51CBJ Artem Anisimov (5) ASST: Nick Foligno (37), Corey Tropp (7) 3 - 2 CBJ
19:11EDM Andrew Ference (3) ASST: Justin Schultz (22), Benoit Pouliot (8) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
03:26EDM PPG - Nail Yakupov (11) ASST: Jordan Eberle (34), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (28) 4 - 3 EDM
16:23CBJ Scott Hartnell (20) ASST: Marko Dano (5), Alexander Wennberg (11) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1CBJMark Letestu - Save
2EDMRyan Nugent-Hopkins - Missed
3CBJRyan Johansen - Missed
4EDMNail Yakupov - Save
5CBJArtem Anisimov - Save
6EDMDerek Roy - Save
7CBJJack Johnson - Missed
8EDMJordan Eberle - Save
9CBJAlexander Wennberg - Goal
10EDMTeddy Purcell - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDColumbus Blue JacketsEdmonton Oilers
1Mark LetestuRyan Nugent-Hopkins
2Ryan JohansenNail Yakupov
3Artem AnisimovDerek Roy
4Jack JohnsonJordan Eberle
5Alexander WennbergTeddy Purcell
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Wennberg
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:19
Marko Dano
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:10
Scott Hartnell
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:58
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:10EDM Luke Gazdic  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
06:10CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Gazdic
07:24EDM Nail Yakupov  Hi-sticking against  Dalton Prout
12:55EDM Keith Aulie  Cross checking against  Rene Bourque
15:43CBJ Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Derek Roy
17:56EDM Derek Roy  Hi stick - double minor against  Alexander Wennberg
2nd Period
06:01CBJ Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Matt Fraser
11:48CBJ Ryan Johansen  Tripping against  Teddy Purcell
3rd Period
01:57CBJ Kevin Connauton  Tripping against  Matt Hendricks
02:31CBJ Alexander Wennberg  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays3/51/4
Faceoff Wins2836
Blocked Shots1510
Penalty Minutes1315
5M. FayneD00-23020:06
8D. RoyC10-12417:56
10N. YakupovR1003217:13
12R. KlinkhammerL001009:17
14J. EberleR11-12019:51
16T. PurcellR00-14021:42
19J. SchultzD0212027:06
20L. GazdicL000059:18
21A. FerenceD1003016:49
22K. AulieD00-14213:24
23M. HendricksL00-12017:01
27B. GordonC0000011:17
28M. FraserR00-22011:13
51A. LanderC00-10014:34
67B. PouliotL0101017:04
84O. KlefbomD0101026:00
85M. MarincinD00-23020:25
30B. Scrivens2731.87164:41
4K. ConnautonD0004221:39
7J. JohnsonD0121024:16
13C. AtkinsonR1003019:25
19R. JohansenC0002222:43
25L. AdamC000007:16
26C. TroppR0110213:09
27R. MurrayD0003020:44
32R. BourqueR0003018:46
40J. BollR000055:18
41A. WennbergC0212219:19
42A. AnisimovC1013217:17
43S. HartnellL1013018:58
47D. ProutD0000017:34
51F. TyutinD0000020:30
55M. LetestuC0002011:19
56M. DanoR1113015:10
58D. SavardD0020021:58
71N. FolignoL0212017:45
72S. Bobrovsky3135.88665:00