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McDavid one of seven Oilers to score against Blue Jackets

Forward gets four points, Brossoit makes 28 saves for Edmonton

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Matt Benning, Mark Letestu and Jesse Puljujarvi each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers (13-16-2), who won two of three on their trip.

 

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McDavid has 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in his past 12 games for Edmonton, which led 5-0 through two periods.

"We were able to roll four lines," McDavid said. "The specialty teams got going, power play especially. The penalty kill was pretty good too."

Video: EDM@CBJ: Puljujarvi sets up McDavid for late goal

The Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Saturday before losing 1-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, when they had 41 shots.

"Stringing good games together has been a goal of ours and I think we did that on the trip," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "I was concerned today because we didn't get the reward in Toronto. Sometimes a team that hasn't won enough sags, we responded appropriately."

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist, and Jack Johnson scored for Columbus (19-11-1), which had won two in a row.

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 26 shots in the first two periods for Columbus. Joonas Korpisalo made 10 saves in the third period.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella held a 15-second postgame press conference.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Kassian buries great pass for early lead

"Listen guys, I know you have a job to do. I'm not answering any questions tonight," he said. "There's no sense in me even trying to answer questions about this evening. So, sorry about that. Have a good night."

Edmonton has scored six goals or more goals in three of their past five games.

The Oilers were 2-for-4 on the power play against the NHL's best home penalty kill (95.2 percent), and Letestu scored their fifth shorthanded goal in the past 14 games.

"We're finding ourselves," Letestu said. "We found early in the year we didn't have a lot throughout the lineup. Now we're deep.

"The special teams have obviously come around the last little bit here. The penalty kill is providing some offense and the power play is getting it going."

The Oilers also got goals from Zack Kassian, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. Laurent Brossoit made 28 saves, and had an assist.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Benning goes five-hole on Bobrovsky

Kassian gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 5:55 of the first with his third goal.

The Oilers converted on their first power play for a 2-0 lead at 6:27 of the second when Nugent-Hopkins one-timed a cross-ice pass by Michael Cammalleri. Nugent-Hopkins has 12 goals.

Benning's fourth goal made it 3-0 at 16:41 with a shot from the high slot that went five-hole on Bobrovsky. Lucic's seventh goal completed a 2-on-1 with McDavid for a power-play score at 19:09 to make it 4-0.

Letestu scored on a breakaway for his seventh goal and second shorthanded with one second left.

"We gave them opportunities," Johnson said. "They had odd-man rushes and they had empty nets to put them in. The most frustrating part is we didn't give our goalies a chance."

Bjorkstrand at 6:28 of the third and Johnson at 8:59 cut the lead to 5-2 before Puljujarvi scored on his own rebound at 13:44 to make it 6-2. McDavid got his 12th at 17:46 for a 7-2 lead.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Puljujarvi pots rebound to extend lead

 

Goal of the game

Nugent-Hopkins' power-play goal at 6:27 of the second period.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Nugent-Hopkins fires home power-play goal

 

Save of the game

Brossoit's pad save on Seth Jones at 10:43 of the second period.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Brossoit makes nice save on Jones

 

Highlight of the game

Letestu's shorthanded goal at 19:59 of the second period.

Video: EDM@CBJ: Letestu slips puck past Bobrovsky for SHG

 

They said it

"It's coming together a little bit more for us offensively. The power play woke up on this trip. Maybe it's our time right now. You go through dry spells and sometimes you score a lot. Right now, we're finding the net." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan

 

Video: EDM@CBJ: Lucic nets McDavid's feed for PPG

 

"We weren't ready to go. They fed it to us tonight. A disappointing game. Sloppy. No execution. No nothing. We were sloppy with the puck. Every time we had it we gave it back to them. It was a lack of focus tonight that we normally have. We haven't been beaten like that all year. We played into their hands. -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

 

Need to know

Wayne Gretzky attended the game. His brother, Keith, is the assistant general manager for the Oilers. …  Lucic has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past five games. … Letestu has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Oilers forward Drake Caggiula was scratched and replaced by Anton Slepyshev, who sat the previous four games. … Blue Jackets forward Tyler Motte replaced Markus Hannikainen on the fourth line.

 

What's next

Oilers: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

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