POST GAME: Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1

Magnus Paajarvi scores game-winner with 3:10 to play despite Columbus out-shooting Edmonton 40-14

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 8:35 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

OILERS (5-4-3) 3, BLUE JACKETS (3-7-2) 1

NATIONWIDE ARENA | COLUMBUS, OH

ATTENDANCE: 14,364




There are only so many ways to cut the cake, and tonight, there was one: Devan Dubnyk stole two points for the Edmonton Oilers.

One could look at the final shots on goal margin (40-14 in favor of the Blue Jackets) or the third period, which was spent primarily in the Oilers zone, but at the end of the day it amounted to a frustrating loss in front of a vocal crowd at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets were on the gallop from the drop of the puck and played like a team that knew its opponent was playing on short rest, finishing checks and getting pucks on the target as often as possible.

Dubnyk, who has won five of his last six starts against Columbus, was marvelous. He held the fort while the Oilers struggled to get their footing and made a handful of 10-bell saves when his teammates were on the ropes. And as Brandon Dubinsky said in the locker room post-game, he felt as if the Blue Jackets handed this game to Edmonton.

The opening goal was a discombobulated sequence that started behind the Blue Jackets' net. James Wisniewski's quick outlet pass was picked off by Taylor Hall, who was camped in the left circle, and Hall chopped the puck toward Sergei Bobrovsky. The rebound came right to Ales Hemsky, who has put up a few points on the Blue Jackets in his career.

Jordan Eberle thought he had the 2-0 goal in the second period, but the goal was disallowed after review due to inconclusive evidence on a high stick. The Blue Jackets kept pushing, but even with some late-period chances on the power play, couldn't dent Dubnyk.

RJ Umberger busted out of an early-season slump with his first goal of the year at 9:43 of the third period, and it was a gem. He dangled through two Oilers in high slot, cut to the left circle and cranked a shot past Dubnyk's stick side to even the score at 1-1, bringing Nationwide Arena back to life.

But their biggest mistake came when they had a golden opportunity.

Sam Gagner made a great play shorthanded to chip the puck past Wisniewski at the right point, and he started a modest 2-on-2 rush into the offensive zone. He started a beautiful combination play that Magnus Paajarvi finished, giving Edmonton a 2-1 lead with 3:10 to play. It was a deflating goal, and after a Gagner empty netter with 13 seconds left, the final score was sealed.




This has to go to the biggest goal of the game, which also happened to be a monumental swing of momentum. The Blue Jackets were bearing down on the Oilers and could have put the game away on the power play, but Gagner's sweet feed to Paajarvi popped the Blue Jackets' balloon.




- A solid night for Umberger, who played 19:27 overall with four shots on goal and a +1. That's the kind of game that can get the big fella going, and let's hope it does.

- Artem Anisimov, Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson each had five shots on goal in the game, which led the way for all players.

- Bobrovsky didn't have much work (13 shots) but he was strong in the first period and made saves along the way that enabled the Blue Jackets to keep rolling.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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