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Columbus
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35-43-4
Edmonton
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41-28-13
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19 SOG
28 SOG
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game recap

Blue Jackets 2, Oilers 1, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:47 AM

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Jason Chimera celebrated his return home by beating his former team.

The Edmonton native and former Oilers forward scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Thursday night.

``It's great coming back here,'' said Chimera, after faking a forehand shot and flipping a backhand over Jussi Markkanen to net the game-winner. ``We never say die.''

Chimera was traded by both Edmonton and Phoenix this season before landing in Columbus.

``I was pursuing Jason when he was playing for the Oilers,'' Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean said. ``I was happy for him.''

Columbus won its fifth straight to set a franchise record. Nikolai Zherdev scored his team-leading 17th goal with 3:06 left in the third period to tie the game at 1 for the Blue Jackets.

``We're playing simple hockey, we're playing basic hockey,'' Blue Jackets captain Adam Foote said. ``Early in the year we would press.''

Jaroslav Balastik, Zherdev and Trevor Letowski also scored in the shootout for the Blue Jackets.

The Oilers had shootout goals from Ales Hemsky, Fernando Pisani and Jarret Stoll.

It was the second shootout win for Columbus in as many days. The Blue Jackets beat Calgary 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday.

``I think we are as good as most teams in the West,'' said MacLean. ``When we are healthy we will challenge most teams.''

Steve Staios scored in the third period for Edmonton, after being left alone in the high slot just minutes after serving his second penalty of the game.

The Oilers saw a three-game win streak end as they lost a fifth straight game at Rexall Place.

Edmonton had a five-shot flurry in the third period, but Marc Denis, making his third straight start, stood his ground. Denis finished with 27 saves for the Blue Jackets and was surprisingly solid considering he was woken up early Thursday by Montreal media wondering if he had been traded to the Canadiens.

``I hope to be a Blue Jacket for a long time,'' said the Montreal native, who has been with the team since it entered the NHL in 2000.

The scoreless second period saw Oilers defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron make two saves after Markkanen jumped out of his net to play the puck, and Denis robbing Ryan Smyth from in close for one of his 13 saves in the period.

``Just instinct,'' Bergeron said. ``I just went down and stayed.''

Notes: Edmonton captain Jason Smith sat out with a bruised toe. ... Matt Greene changed his jersey to No. 2 from No. 32, while fellow Oilers defenseman Dick Tarnstrom now wears No. 23 instead of No. 33.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:52
EDM
Steve Staios (5) Slapshot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (14), Jarret Stoll (34)
1 - 0 EDM
16:54
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Fedorov (20), Ron Hainsey (9)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCBJEDMTOTAL
1J. Balastik
A. Hemsky
1 - 1
2R. Nash
R. Smyth
1 - 1
3D. Vyborny
R. Dvorak
1 - 1
4N. Zherdev
F. Pisani
2 - 2
5S. Fedorov
M. Peca
2 - 2
6J. Hrdina
R. Torres
2 - 2
7T. Letowski
J. Stoll
3 - 3
8J. Chimera
S. Horcoff
4 - 3
penalty summary
1st Period
16:31
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping
2nd Period
01:18
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Slashing against  Radek Dvorak
04:52
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Holding against  Raffi Torres
14:42
EDM
Raffi Torres  Slashing against  David Vyborny
16:22
CBJ
Adam Foote  Tripping against  Radek Dvorak
19:14
EDM
Steve Staios  Hooking against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
03:07
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Tripping against  Michael Peca
04:10
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Interference
07:49
CBJ
Trevor Letowski  Interference against  Georges Laraque
12:06
EDM
Steve Staios  Elbowing against  Duvie Westcott
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 28TOI: 64:58
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .964SH: 3 - 3
Jussi Markkanen
SA: 19TOI: 64:55
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0