Stuart Skinner backstops Edmonton Oilers to win over Blue Jackets

Stuart Skinner made 36 saves as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Thursday night at Rogers Place.

The win ends the Oilers’ six-game losing streak.

The Oilers exploded for three goals in the first period. The Blue Jackets took two penalties on the same play, giving the Oilers a five-on-three. After Tyson Barrie’s point shot went wide, Jesse Puljujarvi swatted at the rebound off the back boards to make it 1-0.

Still on the power play 46 seconds later, Puljujarvi tapped in a feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for his tenth goal of the season. Derek Ryan nudged a rebound under Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to make it 3-0. Brendan Perlini assisted on the play for his first point as an Oiler.

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Perlini then bagged his first goal as an Oiler late in the second, firing in the rebound from Zack Kassian’s shot.

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Joonas Korpisalo replaced Merzlikins in Columbus’ net to start the third.

Gustav Nyquist put Columbus on the board 6:28 into the period. Justin Danforth cut the Oilers’ lead to 4-2 with 3:24 on the clock. Edmonton forward Warren Foegele quickly crushed the Blue Jackets’ dreams of a comeback with an empty-netter.

Puljujarvi had two goals and an assist. The Oilers outshot the Blue Jackets 45-38.

The Oilers (17-11) will play in Seattle on Saturday.

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