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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Blue Jackets

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers got goals from six different players and posted an important 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, battling back from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits en route to the come-from-behind victory. Sam Gagner regained a share of the team scoring lead with a goal and two assists to lead the way, while Devan Dubnyk came on in relief of Nikolai Khabibulin to get the win with nine saves in the third period.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

With less than three and a half minutes to go in the third period and the game tied 4-4, Ryan Johansen sets up Matt Calvert on the doorstep but Devan Dubnyk makes a remarkable pad save. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins chips the puck back up the ice, Ales Hemsky gets it in the neutral zone, bursts past the Columbus defence and sneaks a backhand through Sergei Bobrovsky's pads to give Edmonton a 5-4 lead.

250 Career point milestone reached by Sam Gagner thanks to a pair of assists against the Blue Jackets
3 Goals for Jordan Eberle in his last two games to give him double digits on the season with 10
18 Hits combined for Oilers bash brothers Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid, Ryan Jones and Mike Brown
57 Faceoffs won by Oilers Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins combined, good enough for a 57% success rate
4 Goals scored by the Blue Jackets forward line of Matt Calvert, Cam Atkinson and Artem Anisimov

Jordan Eberle
1 0 1 0 0

Ales Hemsky
1 0 1 0 1

Mike Brown
0 0 0 5 0

Sergei Bobrovsky
19 24 5 59:16 0.792


Devan Dubnyk
9 9 0 19:33 1.000

Jack Johnson - D

23:27 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

Ladislav Smid - D

22:37 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

As good as Ales Hemsky's game-winner was, the tic-tac-toe passing masterpiece executed by Ryan Jones, Nail Yakupov and Shawn Horcoff for the Oilers third goal was just a little bit better. On a three-on-two rush Jones dishes to Yakupov who makes a blind drop pass to Horcoff for the triumphant finish.

Sam Gagner was in on three of the Oilers six goals in the victory, tallying a pair of assists and then chipping a clearing attempt the length of the ice into the empty net for the insurance marker. Gagner reclaimed a share of the team scoring lead with Taylor Hall and now has 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games.

Mike Brown was a physical force as usual for the Oilers on Thursday, throwing his solid frame around with five big body-checks and dropping the gloves with the much larger Jared Boll for a lengthy scrap in the middle frame. Coach Ralph Krueger called Brown's first hit of the night a "game-changer".

With the win, the Oilers now have an 18-4-1 home record versus Columbus, which is the team's best winning percentage against any opponent at Rexall Place. That record includes five straight victories by a combined score of 25-12.

"If we're going to fight our way back into the playoff race, we need these regulation wins. It's a big win for us."

–Sam Gagner

Saturday, March 30 vs Vancouver 
8:00pm MT
(CBC / 630 CHED)

After a mini two-game road trip in Nashville and St. Louis, the Oilers (13-13-7) are now a third of the way through a mini three-game homestand with a pair of Northwest Division rivals coming to town. The Vancouver Canucks visit Rexall Place on Saturday at 8:00pm and the Battle of Alberta returns on Monday as the Calgary Flames are in town for a 7:30pm game.

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