Blue Jackets drop third straight, fall out of wildcard spot in loss to Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta — Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, Leon Draisaitl had three assists and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night.
Kyle Brodziak, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton, which ended a two-game skid.
David Savard had the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row.
Columbus’ loss coupled with Montreal’s 4-0 shutout of the New York Islanders earlier in the night put the Canadiens into the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, one point ahead of the Blue Jackets.
There was no scoring in a rather sedate first period with Columbus putting four shots on Edmonton’s Mikko Koskinen and the Oilers only getting two shots on Jackets starter Joonas Korpisalo.
Savard finally broke the deadlock for Columbus with 8:25 remaining in the second when he deflected Markus Nutivaara’s shot past Koskinen.
Edmonton responded less than two minutes later when Brodziak picked the corner after a setup pass from Joseph Gambardella, who picked up his first NHL point.
McDavid set up Kassian 45 seconds into the third period to give Edmonton its first lead. Kassian tied a career high with his 14th goal of the season.
Edmonton made it 3-1 when McDavid’s shot went off the post and then bounced off of Korpisalo’s back and in for his 37th of the season, putting him one point back of single-season career-high points total of 108.
Nugent-Hopkins put the game away with a late power-play goal on the only man-advantage either team had on the night.
NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season, with Edmonton winning the previous matchup 4-0 on March 2. … Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was out due to an undisclosed injury. Keith Kinkaid dressed as the backup.
Blue Jackets: at Vancouver on Sunday.
Oilers: host Ottawa on Saturday.