RECAP: Blue Jackets 5, Oilers 4 SO

Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com | Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 2:02 AM

COLUMBUS, OH - The Oilers scored three goals on the man advantage and battled back from down 2-0, but they couldn’t score in the shootout as Columbus took the 5-4 win.

43 seconds into the game, the home team opened scoring. Marko Dano sniped a beautiful shot over the glove of Ben Scrivens. Dano was assisted by Alexander Wennberg.

Derek Roy took a double minor for high-sticking at 17:56 of the first period. After killing off the first two minutes, Matt Hendricks broke his stick and raced to the bench to get another.The Blue Jackets capitalized. With 2.7 seconds left in the first, Cam Atkinson blasted a one-timer past Scrivens, assisted by Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson.

The Oilers drew within one at 13:42 of the second period, courtesy of a Jordan Eberle power play goal. With Artem Anisimov in the box for hooking, Eberle roofed a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky.

“I thought we played well,” Eberle said. “Even when we were down 2-0 in the first period, it all had to do with penalty trouble. We were playing well and we thought if we stuck to it we’d come back and we did.”

Derek Roy tied the game at 2-2 with an unusual power play goal, at 12:56 of the second. Bobrovsky went behind the net to play a puck he though would wrap around the boards. Unfortunately for the Columbus goaltender, the puck instead bounced off the wall and out to the side of the net where Roy buried it. Oscar Klefbom and Scrivens were credited with the assists, although the boards deserve some credit.

Anisimov responded for Columbus at 16:51, assisted by Foligno and Corey Tropp.

The Oilers had the last laugh of the second, with Andrew Ference scoring from long distance. The puck might not have went through so cleanly had it not been for a terrific screen in front by Rob Klinkhammer. That goal, assisted by Justin Schultz and Benoit Pouliot, came at 19:11 of the second and tied the game at 3-3.

The Oilers took their first lead of the game at 3:26 of the third period as Eberle set up Nail Yakupov on the 5-on-3 man advantage. That was the Oilers third power play goal of the game, a season high. Nugent-Hopkins recorded his second assist of the night to pair with Eberle’s.

The Oilers power play continued its red-hot streak. Edmonton has now scored at least one power play goal in each of their last four games. Over that span, the Oilers man advantage is 8 of 17 (47.1%).

“I think just chemistry with the units that we have right now,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said of the power play run. “We’re looking to shoot the puck more, but I think just the chemistry that we’ve had with the two units. They seem to work well together. It seems that if one unit doesn’t get it done, the other one does. We’re doing a better job of having a good net-front presence and just simplifying it and keeping where we’re shooting the pucks on net.”

Scott Hartnell tipped in a goal at 16:23 of the third to tie the game at 4-4. That goal sent it to overtime.

The overtime period saw back and forth hockey between the two clubs. After initial pressure from the Blue Jackets, the Oilers got a glorious chance. Teddy Purcell had a partial breakaway but failed to convert. Then Roy’s one-timer was denied by Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets took it back the other way a couple times, but neither team could net the winner.

It was Alexander Wennberg who scored the lone goal in the fifth round of the shootout to seal deal for the Blue Jackets, handing the Oilers their seventh straight loss.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:43CBJ Marko Dano (5) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (10) 1 - 0 CBJ
19:57CBJ PPG - Cam Atkinson (15) ASST: Nick Foligno (36), Jack Johnson (25) 2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
06:18EDM PPG - Jordan Eberle (18) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (27), Justin Schultz (21) 2 - 1 CBJ
12:56EDM PPG - Derek Roy (9) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (12), Ben Scrivens (1) 2 - 2 Tie
16:51CBJ Artem Anisimov (5) ASST: Nick Foligno (37), Corey Tropp (7) 3 - 2 CBJ
19:11EDM Andrew Ference (3) ASST: Justin Schultz (22), Benoit Pouliot (8) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
03:26EDM PPG - Nail Yakupov (11) ASST: Jordan Eberle (34), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (28) 4 - 3 EDM
16:23CBJ Scott Hartnell (20) ASST: Marko Dano (5), Alexander Wennberg (11) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1CBJMark Letestu - Save
2EDMRyan Nugent-Hopkins - Missed
3CBJRyan Johansen - Missed
4EDMNail Yakupov - Save
5CBJArtem Anisimov - Save
6EDMDerek Roy - Save
7CBJJack Johnson - Missed
8EDMJordan Eberle - Save
9CBJAlexander Wennberg - Goal
10EDMTeddy Purcell - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDColumbus Blue JacketsEdmonton Oilers
1Mark LetestuRyan Nugent-Hopkins
2Ryan JohansenNail Yakupov
3Artem AnisimovDerek Roy
4Jack JohnsonJordan Eberle
5Alexander WennbergTeddy Purcell
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Wennberg
Alexander Wennberg
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:19
Marko Dano
Marko Dano
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:10
Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:58
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:10EDM Luke Gazdic  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
06:10CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Gazdic
07:24EDM Nail Yakupov  Hi-sticking against  Dalton Prout
12:55EDM Keith Aulie  Cross checking against  Rene Bourque
15:43CBJ Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Derek Roy
17:56EDM Derek Roy  Hi stick - double minor against  Alexander Wennberg
2nd Period
06:01CBJ Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Matt Fraser
11:48CBJ Ryan Johansen  Tripping against  Teddy Purcell
3rd Period
01:57CBJ Kevin Connauton  Tripping against  Matt Hendricks
02:31CBJ Alexander Wennberg  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays3/51/4
Faceoff Wins2836
Blocked Shots1510
Penalty Minutes1315
5M. FayneD00-23020:06
8D. RoyC10-12417:56
10N. YakupovR1003217:13
12R. KlinkhammerL001009:17
14J. EberleR11-12019:51
16T. PurcellL00-14021:42
19J. SchultzD0212027:06
20L. GazdicL000059:18
21A. FerenceD1003016:49
22K. AulieD00-14213:24
23M. HendricksL00-12017:01
27B. GordonC0000011:17
28M. FraserR00-22011:13
51A. LanderC00-10014:34
67B. PouliotL0101017:04
84O. KlefbomD0101026:00
85M. MarincinD00-23020:25
30B. Scrivens2731.87164:41
4K. ConnautonD0004221:39
7J. JohnsonD0121024:16
13C. AtkinsonR1003019:25
19R. JohansenC0002222:43
25L. AdamC000007:16
26C. TroppR0110213:09
27R. MurrayD0003020:44
32R. BourqueR0003018:46
40J. BollR000055:18
41A. WennbergC0212219:19
42A. AnisimovC1013217:17
43S. HartnellL1013018:58
47D. ProutD0000017:34
51F. TyutinD0000020:30
55M. LetestuC0002011:19
56M. DanoC1113015:10
58D. SavardD0020021:58
71N. FolignoL0212017:45
72S. Bobrovsky3135.88665:00