|Edmonton 's Dwayne Roloson is unable to stop the shot of Columbus' Kristian Huselius during a Blue Jackets power play on November 5, 2008 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)|
After the Oilers erased a two-goal deficit with four unanswered goals in the second and third periods, the Blue Jackets came back with three of their own -- including the game-winner with just over a minute left in the game -- to win 5-4 Wednesday night. Tom Gilbert led all Oilers with two assists (bringing his two-game total to five helpers), while Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots in the losing effort.
Roloson was tested early as the Blue Jackets pounced on their guests less than a minute into the game. The home team tallied five shots in the first three minutes but was unable to get one past Roloson.
The Oilers edged to within one shot of the Blue Jackets by the period's midway point, but like Roloson, Columbus goalie Steve Mason stopped each attempt.
With 6:26 left on the clock, Kyle Brodziak took a slashing penalty, but the Blue Jackets were unable to translate the game's first powerplay into the game's first goal.
Edmonton's penalty killers weren't as successful in the period's final two minutes. With Ales Hemsky serving an interference penalty, Kristian Huselius strove in on Roloson and snapped the puck into the far corner to give Columbus a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
An early second period penalty to Columbus' Mike Commodore put Edmonton on the powerplay for the first time.The visitors assumed the shot lead on the man-advantage but the Blue Jackets killed the two minutes and then went on the offensive. After bursting out of the penalty box, Commodore received the puck and passed to October's Rookie of the Month Derick Brassard, who beat Roloson with a wrist shot to craft a two-goal cushion.
But a second Blue Jackets infraction at 4:17 sliced that cushion in half. With Jason Chimera serving two minutes for slashing, Tom Gilbert and Robert Nilsson set Andrew Cogliano up for a quick snap shot that flew past Mason and put the Oilers on the scoreboard.
As the game neared its midway point, consecutive penalties to Steve Staios and Lubomir Visnovsky offered the Blue Jackets 1:33 of five-on-three. Columbus managed three shots on the powerplays but Roloson and his penalty killers resisted the Blue Jackets attack to stay within one.
With under five minutes left in the middle frame, Hemsky took a second penalty and the Blue Jackets benefited from a fourth powerplay. Although the home team had the man-advantage, Fernando Pisani and Ethan Moreau had something else in mind. Pisani stole the puck behind the Blue Jackets net and backhanded it to Moreau out front, who then fired home his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at two after two periods.
Only 47 seconds into the third period, Hemsky made up for his pair of penalties with a go-ahead goal. After skating up his opposite wing, Hemsky fired past Mason to give the Oilers their first lead of the game. 1:20 later, Kyle Brodziak added to the lead with a top-shelf shot that was destined to become his first goal of the season.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Edmonton's newly-acquired lead would last less than three minutes. R.J. Umberger ended the Oilers four-goal surge with a marker of his own at 3:50, and then a minute later, Fredrik Modin took advantage of a sprawled-out Roloson to tie the game at four with 15 minutes left to play.
Although the Oilers benefited from two powerplays late in the third period, the Blue Jackets would be the next -- and final -- team to light the lamp. At the conclusion of his slashing penalty, former Oiler Raffi Torres became part of a three-on-two rush that concluded in a game-winning goal for Manny Malhotra and a 5-4 victory for Columbus.