What a game.
Kirill Marchenko, Jack Roslovic, and Connor McDavid each scored two goals but after surrendering a four-goal lead, the Blue Jackets beat the Oilers 6-5 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
Marchenko opened the scoring at 1:14 with a tap-in from the goalmouth after receiving a great feed from Johnny Gaudreau.
Leon Draisaitl had a golden opportunity to tie the game for Edmonton on the power play at 12:49 but he missed the net from the left doorstep.
The Jackets took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission while tied 9-9 in shots on goal.
Boone Jenner doubled the Columbus lead on the power play at 1:33, deflecting a wrist shot by Patrik Laine past Jack Campbell.
Jenner's goal in the 2nd period marks his 318th career NHL/CBJ point, surpassing David Vyborny for the 4th-most points in franchise history. #CBJ— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) February 25, 2023
Marchenko scored his second goal of the game with a nasty toe-drag release wrist shot from the left slot at 3:24 to put the Jackets up 3-0.
Laine extended the lead at 5:56 with a wrist shot from just above the left goal line that deflected off of Campbell and in. Campbell was pulled for Stuart Skinner after allowing four goals on 14 shots.
Warren Foegele got the Oilers on the board at 6:40 with a shot through bodies from the bottom of the left circle.
Joonas Korpisalo robbed Draisaitl's one-timer from the right circle on a five-on-three at 8:52.
While still on the five-on-three, Draisaitl would score from the same spot on an open net with a one-timer at 9:42 to make it a 4-2 game.
McDavid cut the Oilers' deficit in half at 12:51 while short-handed with an incredible solo goal starting in his own zone and dashing around defenders before going around Gaudreau and beating Korpisalo from the left doorstep.
McDavid tied the game at 14:42 with a slap shot from the left circle. The Oilers scored four goals in approximately four 19 minutes of real-time.
The teams were tied at four after 40 minutes of play with Edmonton leading 24-20 in shots on goal.
Korpisalo made four saves from the 5:03-to-5:06 marks, two on Mattias Janmark and two on Derek Ryan, to keep the game tied.
Roslovic gave the Jackets the lead at 9:01 off a rebound with a shot from the right circle.
Later on, Roslovic tallied his second goal of the game with a wrist shot from the left circle on a two-on-one rush at 14:56 to give the Jackets a 6-4 lead.
With the Oilers' net empty, Zach Hyman scored on an open net from the left doorstep to cut the Jackets' lead to 6-5 at 17:04.
The Oilers pulled Skinner for an extra attacker at 18:29 but couldn't score.
With the win, Columbus improves to 19-35-5.
- Shots on Goal: EDM 47-26 CBJ
- Faceoff %: EDM 63.9-36.1 CBJ
- Power play: EDM 1/4-1/4 CBJ
- Takeaways: EDM 4-11 CBJ
- Giveaways: EDM 4-4 CBJ
- Blocked shots: EDM 8-16 CBJ
Hits: EDM 17-14 CBJ
- 5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): EDM 3.21-1.93 CBJ
- Chances (CF): EDM 64-36 CBJ
- Shots (SF): EDM 37-20 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): EDM 31-21 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): EDM 15-9 CBJ
Cole Sillinger returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game with an illness.
The Jackets are back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club stays on the road and will face the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+ and HULU.