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Jackets Lose to the Oilers, 4-0

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves for his 22nd career shutout and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Shawn Horcoff recorded his first two-goal game of the season and added an assist for Edmonton, which entered needing a win after dropping to 10th place and eight points out of the last Western Conference playoff spot.

Ryan Smyth scored his 30th and added two assists and Ladislav Smid also scored for the Oilers, a season removed from taking the champion Carolina Hurricanes to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Blue Jackets were shut out for the 13th time this season, extending their franchise record. Columbus has lost eight of 10 and started the day with the third-fewest points in the league.

Edmonton grabbed the momentum early and never relinquished it.

Charging the Columbus net down the right wing, Horcoff scooped up his own rebound off defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the low slot and scored at 2:22. Smyth led the attack just after Roloson, who lost three straight, stopped Rick Nash on a breakaway -- one of few quality chances for the Blue Jackets.

The Oilers made it 2-0 six minutes later on a nifty power-play goal by Smyth, who has back-to-back -- and four overall -- 30-goal seasons in his 11-year career. He curled near the crease with defenseman Anders Eriksson draped on his back and slid a backhander past a screened Fredrik Norrena.

Smid, a rookie acquired in the offseason from Anaheim in the Chris Pronger trade, made it 3-0 at 5:38 of the second period with his first career goal.

Continuing to dominate the flow of play -- and on another power play -- Smyth centered the puck from behind the net to Horcoff for an easy tap-in and his 15th of the campaign.

Game notes
Columbus has allowed seven man-advantage goals in the last three games. ... Edmonton, which lost each of its last three games by one goal, has two more games to play on a season-long seven-game (1-5) road trip. ... Columbus starting goalie Pascal Leclaire will miss at least a week after recently re-aggravating his left knee, which was surgically repaired in late December. ... Edmonton rookie defenseman Tom Gilbert took a heavy hit from Jody Shelley in the first period and did not return.

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