After coming off a 2-1 shootout victory Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, the Oilers were looking to continue their winning ways on Fan Appreciation Night with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets before embarking on a five game road trip on Saturday. With Ales Hemsky
out for 2-3 weeks and Dustin Penner leaving via a trade, the rest of the team had to step up and fill the scoring void left by these players.
Out of the gate, the Oilers looked slow and sloppy, giving up quality chances to the Blue Jackets. A few lucky bounces and timely saves by Devan Dubnyk
kept it scoreless while the Oilers tried to regroup. A fight by Jason Strudwick at 5:45 into the first seemed to spark the team as they started to put more pressure onto their opponent after that. After a Blue Jackets goal got called off, the Oilers earned a powerplay opportunity and Sam Gagner
capitlized with the man advantage to make it 1-0. Taylor Hall
scored his 22nd goal of the season a few minutes later to make it 2-0 and the Oilers ended the period with a two goal advantage.
Momentum continued into the second period for the Oilers where Jordan Eberle
scored just 14 seconds into the frame, causing the Blue Jackets to pull goalie Steve Mason for former Oiler Mathieu Garon. Shortly after pulling the goalie, the Blue Jackets did get one back with a goal from Matt Calvert, but the Oilers were able to maintain a two goal lead heading into the third, thanks in large part to some stellar play by Devan Dubnyk
who came up big when he had to.
The Blue Jackets scored a late goal in the third to make it 3-2 and continued to add pressure to tie it. However, Andrew Cogliano was able to score an empty net goal, sealing the 4-2 win for the Oilers.Shawn Horcoff
's assist on Eberle's second period goal was his 400th career NHL point. Devan Dubnyk
was back between the pipes tonight and stopped 26 of 28 and had a .929 save percentage. Taylor Hall
also left the game in the second period with an ankle injury.
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