After two periods of play, Edmonton found themselves trailing Columbus by a goal. The Jackets were outshooting the Oilers 31-19, and were leading by virtue of a shorthanded goal that came from Derek Dorsett.
Then someone flicked the light switch, and Ryan Jones exploded all over the score sheet. Oh, you should’ve seen it. Ales Hemsky was throwing the body, Ladislav Smid was scoring goals, and everyone was happy.
The game review is after the jump. Bring your trunks.
Let’s kick this one off with a bang. Ryan Jones scored his seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the season to help propel the Oilers over the surging Blue Jackets. During the offseason I had predicted 14 goals this season for #28. We’re not yet 30 games in the season, but he’s now got a legit chance at 20 goals this season.
Curtis Sanford had been making quality saves the entire night. Here’s a moment where Jones catches everyone snoozing. Jones would have two more to make the trick.
- Three other Oilers got in on the scoring action: Jordan Eberle received a nifty feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (surprise) to put the Oilers up 1-0 just 21 seconds into the game. Ales Hemsky scored Edmonton’s fifth goal, and Ladislav Smid tore a hole in the universe with a slap shot that found twine in the third.
- Devan Dubnyk turned aside 36 of 39 total shots to earn his fourth victory of the year.
- HEY HEY, Paajarvi had a point. It was a secondary assist on Ryan Jones’ second goal of the night. While it’s important to note that Paajarvi isn’t lighting up the scoresheet this year, he’s not hemorrhaging minuses either. Paajarvi is 0-2-2 with a -2 so far this season. When Paajarvi scores his first goal, I’m taking a holiday weekend.
- After forty minutes, the game looked like it was headed for Minnesota Wild territory. You never go full Wild. Sometimes if you play a solid third period, the team will bust out. After Jones scored his first goal of the evening, the Columbus defence looked like it was ready to take a twenty minute snooze. Sanford’s right side was open for business. Goals were scored, hats were thrown. Two points were had by the good guys.
The Oilers get another shot at two points tonight versus their provincial friends, the Calgary Flames.
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