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Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM
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Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Edmonton Oilers 3

Dwayne Roloson stopped 36 of 37 shots and Andrew Cogliano scored in the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock as Edmonton defeated Columbus 3-1 at Rexall Place Monday night.

Cogliano scored the winner midway through the third. From the side boards, Nilsson rifled a pass towards the net and Cogliano redirected it past Norrena to make it 2-1.

The Oilers were put to the test with 3:44 to go in the third. Stoll was sent off for hooking. 59 seconds later, Staios received a penalty for clearing the puck over the glass putting the home team down two men.

"It was unfortunate that we had to take a penalty at the end but Stevie's down and out and if they pick the puck up there, we're in trouble," said Roloson. "He was just trying to clear it into a safe area and unfortunately it went over."

On the five-on-three penalty kill, Roloson was absolutely unbelievable as he made some tremendous saves to keep it a one-goal game but he was quick to give credit to his teammates.

"We did a great job defending it. We made them sauce pass through the crease and give me time to get there. We did a great job at the end and kept them to the outside," he remarked.

Columbus was constantly scrambling in front of the net but the Oilers netminder seemed to find a way to get a pad, stick or glove on the puck.

After Roloson made a game-saving stop with 20 seconds left, the Oilers won the draw and Hemsky came down the ice, shuffling the puck into the empty net to give Edmonton the 3-1 lead.

After some early pressure from Columbus, it was Edmonton that got on the board first. Geoff Sanderson carried the puck up ice, dished it to Brodziak at the top of the right circle. His shot fooled Blue Jackets netminder Pascal Leclaire and snuck through his five hole.

Edmonton went on the power play four minutes after taking the lead, but were unable to generate much in the way of quality chances.

With Columbus on the power play, Rick Nash was sprung on a breakaway with six minutes left in the period. He was hooked from behind by Ladislav Smid, resulting in a penalty shot.

On the penalty shot, Nash shot wide on Roloson but on the next faceoff, Ron Hainsey fired a shot from the left point that beat a screened Roloson through the five hole.

Edmonton almost went back in front with four minutes left in the period as a nice three-way passing play between Horcoff, Hemsky and Gagner almost saw the back of the net. Horcoff's backhand from the slot was kicked away by Leclaire and the puck sat on the open side of the crease for a moment. However,  it was swatted away before a pinching Joni Pitkanen could get to it.

Edmonton ran into some penalty trouble at the end of the period. Geoff Sanderson was sent off for slashing at 16:58 and just before that penalty expired, the team was penalized for too many men on the ice - that power play carried on to the second period for Columbus.

At the end of the period, Columbus had a 9-7 lead in shots.

5:58 into the second, Leclaire appeared to pull something in his leg, resulting in Fredrik Norrena coming in to replace him in goal for Columbus.

Roloson came up huge eight minutes into the period to keep the game tied 1-1. He stopped an initial point shot from the Jackets and then extended his glove out to rob Manny Malhotra on two rebound attempts.

Columbus continued to carry the play in the middle frame, outshooting the Oilers 9-5 through the first 12 minutes of the period.

Edmonton did have a good chance to take the lead, though. Nilsson's quick pass sprung Cogliano and Pitkanen on a two-on-one.

With 5:47 left in the second, Jarret Stoll was sent off for a questionable tripping penalty. After what looked like a clean hip check, he received the two-minute minor. Stoll's objection with the call resulted in him getting another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

On the ensuing power play, Cogliano created a turnover and broke in alone on Norrena while shorthanded. Norrena got a piece of his shot and the puck almost bounced across the line but Hainsey swatted it away a split second before it crossed the line. The play was reviewed but it was ruled no goal.

Shots after two periods were 23-13 for Columbus.

Solid forechecking five minutes into the third by Zack Stortini resulted in a drawn Blue Jackets penalty. Rostislav Klesla ran some interference on the Oilers forward in the slot, giving Edmonton a power play to try and break the deadlock.

On that man advantage, Nilsson just missed a set-up pass from Cogliano in the slot. It was the team's best chance over the two minutes. Columbus did a good job on the PK otherwise.

NOTES: Leclaire left in the game 5:58 into the 2nd period with a tweaked hamstring and did not return... With points on the first goal, Brodziak, Sanderson and Grebeshkov all extended their scoring streak to two games... This was the 24th penalty shot in Oilers history and first this season. Opponents are 5-for-24 and 2-for-10 in penalty shots at Rexall Place.

scoring summary
1st Period
Kyle Brodziak (4) ASST: Geoff Sanderson (6), Denis Grebeshkov (3)
1 - 0 EDM
PPG - Ron Hainsey (3) ASST: Michael Peca (8), David Vyborny (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
Andrew Cogliano (5) ASST: Robert Nilsson (4), Dustin Penner (7)
2 - 1 EDM
EN - Ales Hemsky (8) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
Jared Boll  Interference against  Joni Pitkanen
Marty Reasoner  Holding against  Rostislav Klesla
Geoff Sanderson  Slashing against  Jared Boll
Ales Hemsky  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
Curtis Glencross  Slashing against  Allan Rourke
Jarret Stoll  Tripping against  Nikolay Zherdev
Jarret Stoll  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
Rostislav Klesla  Interference against  Zack Stortini
Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
Steve Staios  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Fredrik Norrena
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 9TOI: 32:45
Saves: 8EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 10TOI: 25:57
Saves: 9EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 37TOI: 59:46
Saves: 36EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .973SH: 1 - 1