Sam Gagner brought the crowd to life just 1:36 into the third period which tied the game at two a piece. Then the Oilers took a costly penalty just after the Gagner's goal in which the Blue Jackets capitalized on. It was Kristian Huselius who notched the goal giving the Jackets the lead and flipping the momentum in their favor.
TOP PERFORMERS OILERS - After a long wait watching the Oilers from the catwalk, Fernando Pisani returns to the lineup and doesn't waste anytime getting on the scoreboard. Pisani picks up an unassisted goal late in the opening frame to tie things up at one.
BLUE JACKETS- Rick Nash continues to hold strong for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has assists in four of of the past five games after being held without an assist in the previous eight games. He picked up an assist in tonight's game and a pair in Tuesday's match against the Vancouver Canucks. He now has 22 assists which leads his club.
SAVE OF THE GAME Stone took a holding penalty at 8:36 into the third period. Columbus won the face-off and the puck shot out to Stralman who snapped it on net. Luckily Potulny was there to make the block, but it wasn't over yet. Moreau read the play and hit Nash into the boards before he could snag the puck. Instead it went to Tyutin who wired a slap shot on net. Dubnyk made a tough save turning that one aside. Tyutin managed another shot at Dubnyk but that one went just wide. Power play survived without a goal allowed.
THE 4TH STAR
The fourth star should go to Sam Gagner for his nice goal tonight. Gagner picks up his 9th goal and 25th point on the season. His goal came just 1:36 minutes into the third period giving the crowd a jump start and his team some energy to start the third. He graciously accepted the tape to tape pass from Grebeshkov and he made no mistake by sinking that one. Gagner had three shots on goal, was a +1 on the night and went 60% in the face off circle.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
Horcoff dressed for his 600th NHL career game tonight. He has 357 points in 600 games.
QUOTABLE Blue Jackets Rick Nash:
"I think it's a matter of getting back on the right page.Vancouver was a step back and I think we gained that back tonight."
"It's only one, " said Nash. "We have a long way to go. We'll enjoy tonight and get back to work tomorrow and hopefully come home with two wins."
Oilers forward Sean Horcoff:
"We have to find a way to sustain momentum and help get the fans into it and give them something to cheer about."
BY THE NUMBERS
247- Oilers man games lost this year before
600-Horcoff is playing in his 600th NHL career game tonight. He has 357 points in 599 games.
92- Zack Stortini is 9th in the league in PIM with 92.
88-Blue Jackets have 136 man games lost before tonight's game.
370,453- Total attendance this year at Rexall Place.
6th- Blue Jackets are 6th in the NHL on the PP on the road. 18 goals in 81 attempts.