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EDMONTON – Jesse Puljujarvi had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers managed to come out of a serious crisis by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Thursday.

Derek Ryan, Brendan Perlini and Warren Foegele also scored for the Oilers (17-11-0), who ended a six-game losing streak, including the last five at home.

Gustav Nyquist and Justin Danforth replied for the Blue Jackets (14-13-1), who have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Edmonton’s terrible streak of conceding the game’s opening goal – which had come No. 15 of their last 18 games – ultimately ended with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart on a five-to-one advantage. three, almost eight minutes after the start of the game. First period.

The first goal came after Tyson Barrie’s point shot took off panels at Puljujarvi, who sent a backhand against Columbus goaltender Elvis Merzlikins.

Puljujarvi then added a second goal, scoring a nice assist from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into a wide open net for his 10th of the season.

Edmonton is 10-0 this season when he scored the first goal of a game.

Perlini struck out a puck and sent it to the net in the 11th minute of the first period, Ryan tucking the rebound between Merzlikins’ legs.

Perlini managed a rebound from the slot at 4:41 p.m. of third for his first of the season after being recently recalled from the American Hockey League.

Joonas Korpisalo started the third period in the Columbus net.

The Blue Jackets spoiled Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner’s attempt to shutout on their 30th shot, 6:28 into the third period as Nyquist rebounded.

Columbus scared hometown fans when Danforth showed good hands to grab a rebound and score on the backhand with just over three minutes to go to make it 4-2

However, Edmonton did secure the victory on a goal in Foegele’s empty net.

The Oilers are back on Saturday when they make a one-game trip to Seattle. The Blue Jackets were also supposed to play Saturday in Calgary, but that game has been postponed with COVID-19 plaguing the Flames. They will then play at Buffalo on Monday.

Notes: Mike Smith (lower body), Slater Koekkoek (lower body), Kris Russell (upper body) and Zach Hyman (undisclosed) were uninjured for the Oilers. while Devin Shore joined Ryan McLeod and head coach Dave Tippett on COVID-19 protocol… Dean Kukan (upper body), Patrik Laine (upper body) and Adam Boqvist (upper body) were absent from the Columbus formation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 16, 2021.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

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