CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SUNDAY

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SUNDAY

Oilers snap skid with win over Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Devan Dubnyk held things down on his end of the ice, and his Edmonton Oilers teammates took advantage of just enough opportunities to end their five-game losing streak.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Devan Dubnyk held things down on his end of the ice, and his Edmonton Oilers teammates took advantage of just enough opportunities to end their five-game losing streak.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a go-ahead short-handed goal with 3:10 remaining and Dubnyk made 39 saves to lift Edmonton past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Sunday night.

“You need a goalie to steal one for you once in a while,” Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said. “We were really flat as a team and he was just world class and outstanding all the way through. He stuck with it even after it was 1-1. He was our leader today in every category.”

Sam Gagner added an empty netter — Edmonton’s second goal on just three third-period shots — and assisted on the game-winner. Ales Hemsky scored in the first period for the Oilers, who still have earned points in four of their last six.

“A little more work than usual,” said Dubnyk, who tracked the puck well all game, particularly on Columbus’ seven power plays. “But that’s how you have to win games sometimes. That’s my job to stop whatever comes at me.”

Gagner also gave all the credit to the game’s No. 1 star.

“We were pretty flat for most of the night coming off a back-to-back,” he said referring to Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Detroit. “We just didn’t have our legs for whatever reason. Dubbie was unbelievable for us. He made some great saves and really kept us in it.”

R.J. Umberger finally scored his first of the season to tie it in the third for Columbus, which lost its third straight despite outshooting the Oilers 40-14 overall and 15-3 in the third period.

“Tonight was definitely our highest-scoring chance game that we created,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “The goalie was the difference in the game.”

Dubnyk seemed poised for his fifth career shutout until Umberger broke through. He stepped around Hemsky and Gagner before scoring with a low shot from the slot at 9:43

Edmonton didn’t have a shot at that point of the period and Columbus continued to press. Four minutes later, Matt Calvert skimmed a shot off the right post and Nick Foligno did the same not long after that on a man-advantage.

But moments later, on the same power play, the Oilers found room heading the other way. Down the left wing, Gagner dished the puck to Paajarvi, who netted a high wrister for his first over the shoulder of Sergei Bobrovsky.

“We stuck to it,” Paajarvi said. “When we have a chance on the PK we want to go. I tried to scream as much as I could. I don’t know if he heard me, but great pass, great vision.”

Gagner capped off the scoring with his fourth with 13 seconds left.

Jordan Eberle thought he gave the Oilers a two-goal cushion at 9:18 of the second period on an odd play that was ruled a no-goal on the ice and upheld a video review. After rookie Nail Yakupov blocked Bobrovsky’s clearing attempt behind the goal, the puck ramped off James Wisniewski’s stick and over the net to Eberle, who batted it in.

Dubnyk was spectacular in the first period, making several pad saves before Hemsky capitalized on a giveaway by Wisniewski. Taylor Hall intercepted the breakout pass in the low slot. The puck caromed toward Bobrovsky, who swiped at it, but the puck bounced off Hall and Bobrovsky then came to Hemsky for an easy one-timer.

Just Posted

A Comox Valley 55+ baseball team isa being organized for the 2021 season. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
18U AAA Carstar Braves start season strong

The Red Deer Carstar 18U AAA Carstar Braves started the Baseball Alberta… Continue reading

(Contributed image).
Online poetry reading to benefit Red Deer women experiencing period poverty

The Period Promise Poetry Powerhouse is a Central Alberta collective of some… Continue reading

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) flips a shot on New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

NEW YORK — Semyon Varlamov is the wily veteran, coming off a… Continue reading

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime reacts during his ATP Tour Singles, Men, Round of 16 tennis match against Switzerland's Roger Federer in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Friso Gentsch-dpa via AP
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime upsets Roger Federer in second round of Noventi Open

HALLE, Germany — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime earned one of the biggest victories… Continue reading

A course official keeps out of the sun on the seventh green during a practice round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A different US Open than imagined at Torrey Pines

The spectacular ocean vistas will fill TV screens as usual, along with… Continue reading

A commuter pumps gas into their vehicle at a Esso gas station in Toronto on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Statistics Canada will say this morning how fast prices rose in May compared to the same month one year earlier amid expectations of a hot inflation figure for the second month in a row. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Annual inflation rate climbs to 3.6 per cent in May, highest in a decade

OTTAWA — Prices across the country rose at their fastest annual rate… Continue reading

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

OTTAWA — Better protections for the rights of air travellers, immediate refunds… Continue reading

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson speaks to media during the Liberal cabinet retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Wilkinson says Ottawa will step in to conduct assessments of new coal mines that could release the contaminant selenium.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma
Ottawa to review new steelmaking coal projects in Alberta’s foothills for selenium

The federal government will step in to conduct an environmental review of… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file)
‘A poor choice’: Alberta lawyer reprimanded for allowing nude photos in custody case

EDMONTON — A hearing committee of the Law Society of Alberta says… Continue reading

Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
‘Be patient’: Lethbridge police chief discusses controversies at virtual town hall

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The head of police in a southern Alberta city… Continue reading

Most Read