NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Columbus|
(Tuesday, March 5th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Artem Anisimov scored the winner in the
shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers
Anisimov lifted a backhander off the crossbar on the first chance of the
shootout and, after Sergei Bobrovsky made stops on Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky,
Mark Letestu buried the puck in the back of the net for the win.
Vinny Prospal posted a goal and an assist while Derek MacKenzie and Jack
Johnson each scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row for
the first time this season.
"I sense that our guys have a little more confidence," said Columbus head
coach Todd Richards. "It's nice to see our guys get rewarded because they've
been working real hard lately."
Steve Mason started in net for Columbus, but was yanked early in the second
period after giving up three goals on eight shots. Bobrovsky stopped all 21
shots he faced in relief to get the win.
Jeff Petry, Ryan Whitney and Magnus Paajarvi all scored for the Oilers, who
have dropped their past three. Devan Dubnyk gave up three goals on 38 shots in
"We played a much better game than we did in Minnesota," said Edmonton head
coach Ralph Krueger. "There was a lot of good things but the result is
disappointing. We let go of a couple of leads and that's upsetting."
Edmonton got on the board 4:23 in when Petry's shot from the right point
floated into the net, but Columbus tied it at the 7:54 mark of the first as
Jared Boll's pass from the right circle to the front of the net was tapped in
The Blue Jackets made it a 2-1 game on the power play when Prospal jammed in
the puck from in front after a shot from Letestu at the 13:45 mark of the
first, but the Oilers answered five minutes later when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
sent a backhand pass from the left point to the right circle where Whitney
snapped home a wrister.
Just 31 seconds into the second period, Edmonton chased Mason from the net as
Paajarvi swept it in from the left side off a pass from Gagner on the rush.
Just past the midway mark of the middle frame, the Jackets tied the game as
Derick Brassard centered the puck from the right side of the net and Johnson
one-timed it home.
After a scoreless third period, Bobrovsky helped to force a shootout by making
a pair of beautiful stops on Jordan Eberle during an Edmonton power play in
Columbus hosts Vancouver on Thursday ... Edmonton plays the sixth game of a
nine-game road trip in Detroit on Thursday ... Edmonton had won three straight
against Columbus, including a 3-1 win on Feb. 10 ... The Blue Jackets were 1-
for-4 on the power play while the Oilers went 0-for-3.
03/05 23:45:22 ET