Oilers rally to top Blue Jackets
Everything lined up perfectly for
Penner scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and added three assists in the
“I was trying to set small goals first, I wasn’t expecting to see my name up with the league leaders,” said Penner, fourth in NHL in scoring with 14 points.
“That would have to be the best game of my career, certainly statistically. The stars lined up for me and my linemates tonight. It feels really good. I don’t know the last time I was on a team that bounced back from down as much as we were. That’s one of the games where you know the true meaning of momentum.”
“It’s huge for us to win a game like this,” Hemsky said. “It’s very good for our confidence. Hopefully we can build on this.”
It was the first time coach Pat Quinn put together the Penner-Hemsky-Gagner combo.
“That was a pretty good line tonight,” Quinn said. “All three of them were excellent. They played against that
“We really shot ourselves in the foot,” Nash said. “We had that game, up 4-1 on the road. We should definitely have won that. Our power play wasn’t very good. We have to get over this one quick. We’ll move on. It’s a long season.”
After Chimera gave Columbus a 4-1 lead at 11:52 of the second, Penner countered 17 seconds later and Hemsky made it 4-3 with a power-play goal with 1:05 left in the period.
Penner tied it on a power play at 6:04 of the third, and Visnovsky – off assists from Penner and Hemsky – gave the