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Wennberg’s shootout goal lifts Blue Jackets past Oilers, 5-4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alexander Wennberg scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Wennberg, who scored his first NHL shootout goal on his third try, also had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who ended a five-game losing streak at home.

Fellow rookie Marko Dano had a goal and an assist, and Cam Atkinson, Artem Anisimov and Scott Hartnell scored for Columbus, which has won its last three. Nick Foligno also had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Derek Roy, Andrew Ference and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers, who have lost seven in a row (0-6-1). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz each had two assists, and Ben Scrivens stopped 27 shots.

After the first eight skaters came up empty in the shootout, Wennberg’s low shot slipped into the net off Scrivens’ glove. Bobrovsky then reached back to stop Teddy Purcell.

The game pitted two of the bottom six teams in the NHL — Edmonton came in 29th with 47 points and Columbus was 25th with 62.

It had been one month since the Blue Jackets last won a home game. Their 13-19-2 mark is 28th in the 30-team league.

With the score tied 3-3 heading into the final period, the Oilers grabbed their first lead while on a 5-on-3 power play. Yakupov unloaded a shot from the left circle after Eberle’s blind, behind-the-back pass. Yakupov’s 11th of the season was scored at 3:26.

The Blue Jackets tied it with 3:36 left in regulation. Wennberg’s shot from the left wing squirted into and between Dano and a defender at the goal mouth. While Scrivens scrambled to dive on the loose puck, which was sitting in the crease, Hartnell jammed it in for his 20th goal.

Both teams had breakaways in overtime but couldn’t convert. Hartnell struck a crossbar on a hard shot 90 seconds into the extra period. Bobrovsky then stymied Roy on a point-blank shot.

Dano scored the fastest goal by a Blue Jackets player this season just 43 seconds in. Wennberg dug the puck off the wall and fed Dano, whose wrister on a rising shot from the right circle gave him his fifth goal.

Foligno slid a pass to Atkinson from the corner to the right dot for a one-timer with just 2.7 seconds left in the period. It was his 15th of the season and second goal in two nights.

Eberle and Roy scored power-play goals in the second to tie it, Eberle notched his 18th by tucking a shot inside the near post over Bobrovsky’s right shoulder at 6:18.

Then Roy benefited from a weird bounce. The puck rolled along the dasher at the back board, with Bobrovsky going behind the net to handle it. The puck hit something at the base of the wall, and the puck kicked back to Roy who was alone at the goal for an easy tap-in.

After Anisimov put Columbus on top 3-2 off a nifty setup from Foligno, in the final minute of the second Ference’s slap shot from the left point was shielded from Bobrovsky’s vision by traffic in front. The goal was Ference’s third overall and first since New Year’s Eve.

NOTES: Columbus welcomed back D Ryan Murray, who had missed 17 games with a high ankle sprain. … The Oilers had three power-play goals in a game for the first time this season. … When Dano scored in the opening minute, Scrivens had given up five goals on 14 shots over 21:48 in a little over 24 hours. … The Blue Jackets hadn’t won three in a row since mid-December.


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