COLUMBUS, OH -
Columbus capitalized on Edmonton's penalty troubles and scored three second period goals, holding off a late push by the Oilers, on their way to a 4-2 win at Nationwide Arena.
"The biggest thing is we just couldn't execute," said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. "We were pushing passes way too far ahead and we were fumbling pucks. They came out with a lot of jump and aggressiveness, and we just couldn't handle it. We got a few opportunities on the power play, and we were brutal on that. It's unacceptable, and it's frustrating when you get a win in Nashville and come out like this tonight. Plain and simple, we had to win this game and we didn't."
Ryan Johansen put the Blue Jackets on the board first at 7:50 of the opening period. Johansen's shot from right on the doorstep, was assisted by Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert. It was Columbus' first official shot of the night, despite sustained pressure earlier in the period.
"We weren't ready to go out of the gate," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "Even though I thought we slowly fought back, there was just a lot of head-shaking moments on our bench, not only from the coaches but from the players themselves with the mental mistakes we made. We just seemed to be a second late all night."
The Oilers got into penalty trouble in the second period and the Blue Jackets capitalized. On an extended 5-on-3 power play at 3:34, Artem Anisimov scored to make it 2-0. Calvert earned his second point of the night with an assist, while Fedor Tyutin earned the second helper.
A Justin Schultz interference penalty at 9:40 of the middle frame would help the Jackets increase their lead again. Johansen found Boone Jenner with a pass to the goal line, stick-side of Ilya Bryzgalov. Jenner passed the puck out to Nick Foligno at the top of the crease and the Blue Jacket scored in the face of the Oilers goaltender, to make it 3-0.
"We took penalties, but they took penalties as well and we couldn't capitalize," said Edmonton's Sam Gagner. "We need to make sure we're staying out of the box, and then if we do take penalties, we've got to kill those and move forward."
The onslaught of Blue Jackets goals continued when Jack Skille, showing his skills, skated down the right wing and fired a perfect shot, far-side past Bryzgalov. The Jackets would head into the third period with the commanding 4-0 lead.
Devan Dubnyk replaced Bryzgalov in net for the third period.
Gagner broke the shutout at 10:36 of the third with a steep angle shot from the corner which snuck past Sergei Bobrovsky. Ales Hemsky and Denis Grebeshkov earned the assists.
David Perron tipped home a Jordan Eberle shot to draw the team within two at 15:39. The power play goal was also assisted by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The late rally would fall short however, as the Oilers drop the 4-2 decision.
"I felt like the lack of urgency early on is what cost us, and dedication to the habits," said Gagner.