NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Columbus
(Saturday, March 11th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rostislav Klesla scored a goal with 53.8 seconds remaining in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Nationwide Arena.
Nikolai Zherdev and Sergei Fedorov each added a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who won for the third time in their last four games. Marc Denis stopped 24 of 27 shots.
Ryan Smyth scored his 30th goal of the season for the Oilers, who have now lost seven of their last nine games. Sergei Samsonov recorded two assists in his first game since being acquired from Boston. Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 of 31 shots in just his second game since being acquired from Minnesota.
Trailing by a goal in the third period, the Blue Jackets knotted the game at 3-3 when Rick Nash fired the puck off an Oilers defenseman that went in on net. Roloson made the initial save, but he lost track of the puck, and Zherdev snuck around the net and buried it with 10:17 left in the third.
The game remained tied at the end of the regulation, sending the contest into overtime.
Both teams had opportunities to win the game throughout the extra stanza, as Columbus and Edmonton each exchanged quality scoring chances.
With 53.8 seconds remaining in OT, Columbus dumped the puck into the Oilers' zone on a seemingly routine play. Roloson, however, collided with a teammate, and Fedorov then set up Zherdev with a wide open net. Zherdev somehow missed the net, and it looked as if Columbus had squandered a golden opportunity, but Klesla then recovered the puck from behind the net and banked it in off of Roloson, scoring on an almost impossible angle for the win.
"The goal was just lucky, but you got to take those," said Klesla. "I just threw it at him so we could get a rebound. But it went in, so no rebound."
The Oilers were in control of the game in the first period, scoring two power play goals.
Less than nine minutes into the first period, Samsonov slipped the puck across ice through two defenders, hitting Smyth, who fired it pass Denis gloveside for the first goal of the game.
Then, with 7:45 remaining in the period, Ales Hemsky fed the puck to Jaroslav Spacek at the top of the right circle, and he fired it top-shelf to give the Oilers a 2-0 advantage.
Edmonton outshot Columbus, 15-4, in the opening period.
The Blue Jackets got on the board in the second period when Jason Chimera fed Trevor Letowski from behind the net 4:07 into the second stanza.
Edmonton answered, as Michael Peca scored his eighth goal of the season with 5:32 left in the period. Raffi Torres fired the puck at the net, but it deflected off a defenseman to a wide open Peca, who jammed it glove side to push the Oilers' lead back up to two.
Just over a minute later, Fedorov scored his seventh goal of the season off a nice give-and-go with Zherdev to make it a one goal deficit heading into the third.
"We started out pretty sluggish and they were a hungry hockey team and really put us down early," said Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant. "We showed a lot of character coming back."
Hemsky recorded two assists for the Oilers...Columbus won their earlier meeting with Edmonton 2-1 in a shoot out. Chimera scored in the eighth round for the win.
03/12 02:43:40 ET