Created on Friday, 29 November 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist for his third multipoint game this season to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday night.
Artem Anisimov, Nick Foligno and Jack Skille also scored for Columbus, which won for only the second time in its last eight home games. The Blue Jackets dominated with an aggressive forecheck — until the Oilers scored twice in the third period — to make amends for a 7-0 defeat in Edmonton last week.
Matt Calvert added two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for Columbus.
Bobrovsky outplayed fellow Russian and former Philadelphia Flyers teammate Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped 19 shots and was replaced by Devan Dubnyk at the start of the third period.
Signed on Nov. 8, Bryzgalov made his second start for Edmonton after shutting out Nashville 3-0 on Thanksgiving.
Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle scored for the speedy Oilers, who had won four of five. But they slowed themselves with several penalties and might have been tired while playing for the second consecutive night.
Edmonton took four penalties in the second that added up to 2 minutes for the Blue Jackets with a two-man advantage — and two power-play goals. A third Columbus goal in the period came on a delayed penalty.
Columbus' plan to crash the net led to the game's first goal. On a dump-in by Calvert and then pressure from Cam Atkinson, Johansen snagged the puck out of traffic, curled into the low slot and roofed his team-leading ninth of the season at 7:50 of the first.
The Blue Jackets opened a 4-0 bulge with three goals in the second. The Oilers got into immediate penalty trouble by taking minors for tripping, delay of game and holding in a span of 1:35.
Anisimov, positioned near the crease, got his stick blade on a pass from Calvert for his seventh at 3:44. About 7 minutes later, with Edmonton back in the box, Foligno pushed home his sixth with Ryan Smyth draped on his back on a nice pass from Boone Jenner to make it 3-0.
Late in the period, Skille took it the distance and snapped an impressive shot from the right circle past Bryzgalov.
Gagner scored with a long shot along the goal line that sneaked past Bobrovksy at 10:36 of the third period.
Eberle followed with his team-best 10th about 5 minutes later, scoring from the left circle through a screen on the power play.
NOTES: RW Corey Tropp, claimed off waivers Thursday from Buffalo, made his Columbus debut and assisted on Skille's goal. ... Edmonton entered 7-1-1 in its last nine games against Columbus. ... The Blue Jackets have not won two in a row since a three-game winning streak Oct. 20-25. ... Jordan Hall's five-game points streak (two goals, five assists) ended for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist to extend his streak (one goal, 7 assists) to five games. ... The Blue Jackets' first nine shots in the second came on the power play.