Friday, February 3, 2023

The Oilers ended a 6-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets. AP News

Edmonton, Alberta (AP) – Jesse Puljujarvi had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers broke a six-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Derek Ryan, Brendan Perlini and Warren Foegele also scored for the Oilers, who also ended a five-game losing streak at home. Stuart Skinner blocked 36 out of 38 shots.

Goals were scored by Gustav Nyquist and Justin Danforth for the Blue Jackets, who have lost eight of their last 10 matches. Elvis Merzlikins intercepted 25 of the 29 shots he faced, while Joonas Corpisalo blocked all 15 of the shots he faced.

Edmonton’s race to allow the first goal of the game – which had come in 15 of their last 18 games – came to an end when he scored two goals in the span of 46-seconds on 5-on-3 Man Advantage in about eight minutes. Did it first period.

The first goal came after a point shot from Tyson Barry came off the backboard to Puljujarvi, who sent a backhand to Merzlikins.

Puljujarvi tapped into a wide open net to add a second goal for his 10th season of the season, using a fine feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Edmonton are 10-0 this season when they scored the first in a game.

Perlini snatched a puck at the earlier 11-minute mark and sent it over the net. Ryan rebounds through Merzlikins’ legs.

Perlini made a rebound from the slot at 16:41 in third place for his first season.

Corpisalo started the third period in the Columbus Nets.

The Blue Jackets spoiled Skinner’s shutout bid on his 30th shot, 6:28, in the third period as Nyquist chipped in on the rebound.

Columbus closed within 4-2 when Danforth collected a rebound and scored with just over three minutes on the backhand.

Edmonton won when Foegele scored in an empty net.

Notes: With injuries for the Oilers were Mike Smith (lower body), Slater Koeok (lower body), Chris Russell (upper body) and Zach Hyman (unknown); While Devin Shore joined Ryan McLeod and head coach Dave Tippett on the COVID-19 protocol. … missing from the Columbus lineup were Dean Cooken (upper body), Patrick Line (upper body) and Adam Boquist (upper body).


Columbus: At the last of a four-game tour on Monday at the Buffalo Sabers. The Blue Jackets’ scheduled game in Calgary on Saturday was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak amid the flames.

Edmonton: Saturday at the Seattle Kraken.


NHL: and AP


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