Hemsky the hero in 4-3 win over Blue Jackets
|The Oilers celebrate Ales Hemsky's second period goal Tuesday, January 20, 2009 vs. the Blue Jackets. Hemsky would add a second goal in the final 35 seconds of regulation to push the Oilers to a 4-3 victory. (Photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)
- Ales Hemsky, EDM - 2 goals (including game-winner) + 2 assists
- Jason Williams, CBJ - Goal + assist
- Tom Gilbert, EDM - 2 assists
- With the win, Edmonton improves to 24-19-3, stretches their winning streak to three games, and jumps up to a three-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.
- Oilers players and staff enjoy the NHL All-Star Break, returning to action next Tuesday, January 27 vs. Buffalo. Game time is 7:00pm MST.
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
Shortly after Denis Grebeshkov erased a 3-2 deficit with a game-tying goal in the final five minutes of the game, Ales Hemsky
closed the deal. With only 35 seconds on the clock, Hemsky scored the game-winner for his second of the night and an electrifying 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.
Defencemen Lubomir Visnovsky scored Edmonton's first goal, while goalie Dwayne Roloson stopped 20 shots for his 15th win of the season.
After Roloson and Columbus' Steve Mason stopped two shots each in the first four minutes, Mike Commodore took a holding penalty to offer the home team the game's first powerplay. 1:12 into the infraction, Shawn Horcoff
and Ales Hemky got the puck to blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky, who slapped the Oilers' third shot past Mason to give the club a 1-0 lead.
The Oilers and Blue Jackets stayed neck-and-neck on the shot clock through much of the period. With just over five minutes left in the frame and the Oilers swarming around Mason, Erik Cole was called for elbowing to give the visitors a powerplay opportunity to tie things up.
But despite attaining an 8-5 shot lead, the Blue Jackets were unable to beat Roloson and continued to trail by one heading into the second period.
630 CHED's Dan Tencer talks to Sheldon Souray in the first intermission.
Although the Blue Jackets couldn't find a powerplay equalizer late in the first, they accomplished the feat within the first two minutes of the second. After Roloson stopped Fedor Tyutin's shot, the rebound went back out to the shooter, deflected off Jason Williams, and then went to Jared Boll at the opposite corner of the crease, who tied the game by nudging the puck into the net.
Eight minutes of back-and-forth play later, Edmonton regained its lead. In a move similar to the one used to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead over the Coyotes Sunday night, Hemsky crafted a 2-1 lead by streaking up the right side, cutting across the crease, and backhanding the puck past Mason.
Unfortunately for the home team and its fans, Columbus required only 1:33 put themselves back on even terms and then another 3:27 to assume their first lead of the game. From the top of the face-off circle, Marc Methot fooled Roloson with a snap-shot to tie the game, followed shortly after by a successful wrist-shot from Williams that put the Jackets up 3-2 heading into the third period.
Mason disappointed the hometown crowd by performing a handful of acrobatic saves early in the third to maintain his club's lead. As the Oilers battled aggressively for a goal, Captain Ethan Moreau was called for cross-checking, giving the Blue Jackets their second powerplay of the night.
Although Columbus couldn't capitalize on the man-advantage, they continued to press for a two-goal cushion. With just under 10 minutes left in regulation, Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid
came to Roloson's assistance by making a stellar stick save to keep his club within one.
After play was stopped, a shoving match sent Boll tumbling onto the goalie. Pushed to his limits, Roloson took his frustration out on Boll, pushing the winger to the ice and holding him down with his fist drawn. Although Roloson received no penalty for his actions, Boll and Steve Staios earned coincidental roughing minors.
The Oilers were inspired by the incident and channeled their energy into creating some offence. Once play was carried to the opposite end of the ice, Tom Gilbert
fed the puck to Hemsky to rifled it cross-ice to Denis Grebeshkov. Grebeshkov one-timed the puck into the mesh to tie the game at three.
With the fans on the edges of their seats and the game seemingly destined for overtime, Hemsky closed the deal. From the center of a face-off circle, the Oilers sniper tallied his second of the night by going top-shelf on Mason to complete a third-period comeback, post a four-point night, and usher in the All-Star break with a 4-3 victory and three-game Oilers winning streak.
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