The lone goal in the shootout was scored by Ales Hemsky, wristing a shot by Pascal Leclaire.
Hemsky's goal was all Edmonton would need as Garon stopped Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev and Gilbert Brule in order.
The first penalty of the game went to Edmonton after Dustin Penner received two minutes for hooking.
Dick Tarnstrom had two chances to score against his old team on the power play. On the first chance, he pinched in and tried looked to have the open side but Garon extended his leg out to make the save.
Moments later, he had another look at the open cage but fanned on his backhand attempt.
The puck went back to Rick Nash in the crease where he kicked the puck into the net. It was quickly ruled no goal.
Edmonton's best chances of the opening period came with time ticking down in a penalty to Nash late in the first.
The power play unit of Brodziak, Nilsson, Cogliano, Gilbert and Grebeshkov put a ton of pressure on the Blue Jackets. Nilsson and Cogliano both just missed the net on their shots from the slot.
After the penalty expired, Michael Peca had a good chance to score the game's first goal on a close one-timer attempt. Garon came across to just get a piece of Peca's shot.
Moments later, Rick Nash fired a shot from the left circle that rang off the far post, entered the net, hit the other post and bounced out.
25 seconds later, the Oilers evened things up. Grebeshkov fed the puck from the left point to Gagner along the right side boards. Gagner's low shot was tipped on its way to the goal by Cogliano.
With seconds left in the period, Cogliano had another scoring chance. He was sent in on a breakaway after a great pass through the neutral zone by Nilsson. His shot was kicked out by Pascal Leclaire.
Shots after one were 12-7 for Columbus.
Mathieu Garon made a big save early in the second on Jason Chimera. The former Oiler skated in on a partial breakaway and backhanded a shot on goal.
Garon had to be sharp again later in the period, kicking out his left pad to stop the puck on a quick redirection from the slot.
Curtis Glencross had a chance to score against his former team with about four minutes left in the second. The Oilers' fastest skater used his speed to chase down the puck off the left side boards in the neutral zone. He skated into the Columbus zone, put on the brakes and managed a shot on goal. Kyle Brodziak almost put in the rebound but Leclaire was there to make that save.
With 2:44 left, Cogliano tried to get past Blue Jackets defenceman Ron Hainsey to skate in alone on Leclaire. He got the puck around him but couldn't beat Hainsey one-on-one.
Late in the period with Edmonton on the man advantage, Chimera tried to get in the clear after taking a pass at the Edmonton blueline but he was held up by Stoll, ending the Oilers power play. Chimera's hindered deke attempt went just wide.
Shots on goal were once again 12-7 Blue Jackets in the middle frame - 24-14 overall through 40 minutes.
Matt Greene took a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass 7:28 into the third period.
With six seconds left in the Columbus power play, Garon made a nice glove save to keep the game tied, extending out his glove and right pad to make the save on a tough screened shot.
However, several minutes later the Blue Jackets finally did score to take the lead. Zherdev backhanded a pass to Chimera at the top of the crease and he jammed the puck in to make it 2-1 for the visitors.
1:25 after Columbus took the lead, Edmonton struck for a pair of goals 20 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead.
First, Hemsky fired a nice wrist shot from the left circle that beat Leclaire. Then, 20 seconds later Steve Staios flipped a shot from the right point. It hit a Blue Jacket on its way to the net before arching up and over Leclaire to give Edmonton their first lead of the game at 3-2.
Always dangerous from the slot, Garon kicked away a shot by Rick Nash from that area with 3:35 to go in the third. A minute later, he made another save off Andrew Murray.
Moments after that, in a twist of irony Glencross gave the puck away to Dick Tarnstrom in the high slot. Tarnstrom wristed it over the Oilers goaltender to tie the game at 3-3.
Shots after 60 minutes of play were 35-26 for the Blue Jackets.
Edmonton's best chance to score in overtime came on a partial breakaway by Ales Hemsky. The Czech winger created separation between himself and the Blue Jackets defender and wristed a shot on goal. Leclaire made a nice save on the high shot.
With 48.2 seconds to play in OT, Kris Russell clipped Pisani with a high stick to give Edmonton a power play to close out the extra frame.
The Oilers got close on the power play, but couldn't beat Leclaire.
NOTES: Edmonton extended its NHL record to 14 shootout wins. They are now 14-3 in shootouts this season... Near the start of the game, linesman Ryan Galloway took a puck to the eye on a dump-in attempt by Andrew Cogliano. He had to go to the medical room for attention and recieved 10 stitches just under his eye before returning to the game... Cogliano's goal increased his scoring streak to four straight games (3g, 3a).
Mathieu Garon stops a shot from Columbus forward Jason Chimera in the second period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com