Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hemsky, Oilers Send Edmonton Fans Home Happy with 6-4 Win over Blue Jackets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hemsky, Oilers Send Edmonton Fans Home Happy with 6-4 Win over Blue Jackets

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Oilers send Edmonton fans home happy


EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers were booed out of their own building the last time they played at Rexall Place, but they left their fans in much higher spirits on Thursday.

Ales Hemsky scored the winner with 3:08 remaining as the Oilers won their second game in a row, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 on Thursday night.

Shortly after a huge save by goalie Devan Dubnyk, Hemsky took the puck down the length of the ice and danced around several defenders before making a highlight-reel goal to undress Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

"With the mistakes we made, finding a way to stay in it and continue to push and shut it down in the third, it's a good feeling," said Gagner, who recorded his 250th NHL point at the age of 23. "It was definitely nice to get this win. We need to find ways to win here at home and playing with energy and creating chances for ourselves. When we do that you can see how loud it gets in this building. It should be a fun stretch run here if we can continue that."

Sam Gagner had a goal and two assists for Edmonton (13-13-7), who moved into a tie for 11th in the Western Conference with Columbus with the win. Magnus Paajarvi, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Corey Potter also scored.

Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger said he was glad to see his team bounce back so many times in the game, particularly after being badly outplayed early on.

"It took a lot of character to win this game," he said. "It took a lot of guts to keep digging out of the holes we put ourselves in. In the end we are very happy with this win, it was a huge win for us. Psychologically we can take a lot of things out of this type of a game. It was very difficult for all of us to be a part of. But in the end the win stands out and it is all that much more valuable coming in regular time."

Cam Atkinson had a pair for the Blue Jackets (13-14-7), who have lost three in a row after going 8-0-4 in their previous 12 games. Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov also scored.

"It was an abnormal game for us," said Columbus assistant captain Jack Johnson. "We don't usually score that many and we don't usually give up that many goals. It was frustrating to lose after so many guys worked so hard. As a team, if you give up that many goals, though, you can't expect to win."

It didn't take long at all for Columbus to start the scoring in this one.

The Jackets led 1-0 on the first shot of the game just 10 seconds in as Calvert got to a puck along the side boards and quickly dished it in front for Atkinson, who beat Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin with a shot to the glove side. The goal tied for the fastest to start a game in Columbus franchise history.

The duo combined for another goal 12 minutes into the opening period to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead as Atkinson fed Calvert on a two-on-one and he lifted a shot over Khabibulin. …

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