Edmonton Snaps Columbus' Three-Game Home Winning Streak
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Marchant Scores For Second Straight Game; Jackets Fall, 3-1
Edmonton Snaps Columbus' Three-Game Home Winning Streak

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) - Fernando Pisani's third-period goal gave goaltender Jussi Markkanen all the offense he needed in the Edmonton Oliers' 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Pisani's third goal of the season came 7:36 into the period and gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Jason Smith had a goal, and Radek Dvorak added an empty-netter as the Oilers won for the first time in three games. Ryan Smyth helped set up all three goals, and Shawn Horcoff added two assists for Edmonton, unbeaten in its last 12 meetings (9-0-3) against Columbus.

Markkanen stopped 29 shots, saving his best for last as the Blue Jackets pressured him near the finish.

Todd Marchant had his second goal for the Blue Jackets, who had won three straight at home.

With the score tied 1-1, Edmonton's Ales Hemsky took a hard check in the offensive end but bumped the puck to Horcoff. Horcoff then tossed a centering pass that Pisani chipped past goaltender Marc Denis.

With just under 2 minutes left, Columbus' Francois Beauchemin's long slap shot was blocked by Markkanen, with Jason Chimera - who had been hit in the helmet by a shot early in the period - whiffing on the rebound in the crease.

Marchant also had two cracks at a loose puck just seconds later, with Markkanen making a big save and Marchant missing on the second shot.

Smith's slap shot from the top of the right circle eluded Denis at 2:54 of the first period - 7 seconds after the Oilers killing off a penalty.

The Blue Jackets pulled even at 10:53 of the period when Chimera flipped a pass to Marchant who skated into the slot for a shot. Markkanen got a piece of it and the puck bounced over him and off the right post, but Marchant crashed the net and tapped in the rebound.

The Oilers were outshot 13-2 in the opening period, matching their season low.

The Blue Jackets had all four power-play chances in the opening period and failed to score. They finished 0-for-5.

Edmonton had only one advantage and didn't score.

Notes: Columbus-based Lima Company, the hard-hit unit that lost 16 Marine reservists in Iraq, was recognized before the game and received a 2-minute standing ovation. ... Edmonton is 5-3 in a stretch of playing 10 of 11 games on the road. ... During a ``kiss cam'' segment late in the game, Pisani was kissed on the helmet by teammate Raffi Torres, touching off one of the loudest cheers of the night. ... It was the Blue Jackets' third sellout in eight home games.

Edmonton Snaps Columbus' Three-Game Home Winning Streak
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