Defenceman David Savard had two goals, and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored on their first two shots on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell each had a goal and an assist as last-place Columbus won for the third time in four games. Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin also scored, and Joonas Korpisalo had 25 saves.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which had won three in a row. Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl also scored.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, has eight goals and 14 assists in 17 games since returning from a broken left collarbone.
It was a rough night for 22-year-old Edmonton goaltender Laurent Brossoit, playing just his second game this season and the third of his career.
The Jackets jumped in front at 1:54 of the first period when Brandon Dubinsky picked up a deflected puck and backhanded it through the legs of Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse to Atkinson for his 21st goal of the season.
Goal No. 2 came just 50 seconds later when Brandon Saad fed Savard for his second goal of the season.
Draisaitl got the Oilers on the board at 4:35 of the second period on a deflected goal. It was set up by Adam Pardy and Patrick Maroon, both of whom joined Edmonton less than a week ago.
That turn in momentum lasted just 10 seconds, with Scott Hartnell feeding Tyutin on the Jackets’ next trip down the ice. The defenceman’s first goal since March 12, 2015, a span of 65 games, made it 3-1.
Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov went off at 10:05 for a tripping penalty, leading to a power-play goal for Jenner. The goal survived a challenge by the Oilers, who felt Jenner was offside on the play.
Seth Jones’ tripping penalty with 2:05 left in the second period led to a power-play goal for Hall off a feed from McDavid.
But the Jackets responded 34 seconds later. Alexander Wennberg forced a turnover at the blue line and fed Hartnell, who slipped it past Brossoit with 16 seconds left.
The Oilers made it 5-3 when McDavid snuck a shot behind Korpisalo at 16:38 of the third, but the Jackets came back 35 seconds later when Savard buried his second goal off a feed from William Karlsson and David Clarkson.
NOTES: Columbus is the only team in the NHL with four 20-goal scorers – Atkinson, Saad, Jenner and Hartnell. ... The Oilers are in the middle of a four-game road trip, having won the first two games against Buffalo and Philadelphia. ... With his second assist on Savard’s goal, Matt Calvert earned his 100th NHL point.Report Typo/Error