03/21 23:05 CDT McDavid, Draisaitl lead Oilers past Blue Jackets 4-1
McDavid, Draisaitl lead Oilers past Blue Jackets 4-1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) --- Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, Leon
Draisaitl had three assists and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue
Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night.
Kyle Brodziak, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton,
which ended a two-game skid.
David Savard had the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a
Columbus' loss coupled with Montreal's 4-0 shutout of the New York Islanders
earlier in the night put the Canadiens into the Eastern Conference's second
wild-card spot, one point ahead of the Blue Jackets.
There was no scoring in a rather sedate first period with Columbus putting four
shots on Edmonton's Mikko Koskinen and the Oilers only getting two shots on
Jackets starter Joonas Korpisalo.
Savard finally broke the deadlock for Columbus with 8:25 remaining in the
second when he deflected Markus Nutivaara's shot past Koskinen.
Edmonton responded less than two minutes later when Brodziak picked the corner
after a setup pass from Joseph Gambardella, who picked up his first NHL point.
McDavid set up Kassian 45 seconds into the third period to give Edmonton its
first lead. Kassian tied a career high with his 14th goal of the season.
Edmonton made it 3-1 when McDavid's shot went off the post and then bounced off
of Korpisalo's back and in for his 37th of the season, putting him one point
back of single-season career-high points total of 108.
Nugent-Hopkins put the game away with a late power-play goal on the only
man-advantage either team had on the night.
NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season, with
Edmonton winning the previous matchup 4-0 on March 2. ... Blue Jackets goalie
Sergei Bobrovsky was out due to an undisclosed injury. Keith Kinkaid dressed as
Blue Jackets: at Vancouver on Sunday.
Oilers: host Ottawa on Saturday.
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