COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andrew Cogliano scored 1:53 into overtime as the Oilers beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 on Friday.
Dan Fritsche scored his ninth of the season to tie it for Columbus with eight-tenths of a second remaining but made a costly mistake in the extra period. He turned the puck over in his own zone, resulting in Cogliano's goal, his 13th of the season.
Fernando Pisani also scored on the power play for Edmonton, which snapped a three-game road losing streak, and won for the fifth time in six games.
Both teams came in fighting to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff race. Columbus entered six points out of the eighth spot with 70 points while Edmonton was nine back with 67 points.
There was a sparse crowd in Nationwide Arena due to heavy snowfall that blanketed Columbus during the day.
Mathieu Garon made 30 saves and nearly recorded his fifth shutout of the season and 15th of his career. But the puck bounced around the crease until Fritsche whacked it into the back of the net to send the home crowd into a frenzy.
Moments later, Robert Nilsson stripped Fritsche of the puck in overtime and fed Cogliano skating down the slot. He beat Pascal Leclaire, who finished with 15 saves, with a low shot.
The Blue Jackets, who had the league's fourth-best home record in mid January, have lost seven straight at home, one shy of tying the franchise record.
Pisani open the scoring at 11:02 of the second period, snapping a tough-angled shot from the low, left circle over Leclaire's shoulder for his 10th.
Columbus picked up the pressure and nearly tied it seven minutes later on the power play, but defenseman Tom Gilbert dropped to his knees to block Ron Hainsey's shot at the goal line.
The Blue Jackets finished 0-for-4 on the power play with four shots and are on an 0-for-31 skid.
First Period—None. Penalties—Peckham, Edm (interference), 5:17; Boll, Col, major (fighting), 8:27; Stortini, Edm, major (fighting), 8:27; Stoll, Edm (high-sticking), 15:18.
Second Period—1, Edmonton, Pisani 10 (Hemsky, Reasoner), 11:02 (pp). Penalties—Zherdev, Col (roughing), 9:14; Glencross, Edm (hooking), 17:28.
Third Period—2, Columbus, Fritsche 9 (Hainsey, Vyborny), 19:59. Penalties—Boll, Col (interference), 1:34; Stortini, Edm (boarding), 5:06; Grebeshkov, Edm (roughing), 15:29; Brule, Col (roughing), 15:29.
Overtime—3, Edmonton, Cogliano 13 (Nilsson), 1:53. Shots on Goal—Edmonton 8-3-5-1—17. Columbus 13-8-9-1—31. Power-play opportunities—Edmonton 1 of 2; Columbus 0 of 4. Goalies—Edmonton, Garon 24-17-1 (31 shots-30 saves). Columbus, Leclaire 23-15-6 (17-15). A—14,933 (18,136).
|Thrashers win shootout 1-0|
|Thrashers win shootout 1-0|
ATLANTA — Erik Christensen scored the only goal in the shootout for the Thrashers, who ended an eight-game losing streak.
Atlanta's Johan Hedberg denied Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns and Brian Rolston in the shootout after stopping 37 shots in regulation and the overtime. It was the Thrashers' first win since Feb. 15 at New Jersey.
Colby Armstrong and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored in the final six minutes as the Thrashers overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1. Kovalchuk scored with only 44.9 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime.
First Period—1, Minnesota, Rolston 25 (Burns, Gaborik), 10:47 (pp). Penalties—Exelby, Atl (delay of game), 9:31; Slater, Atl (hooking), 10:07; Sheppard, Min (tripping), 19:21.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Koivu, Min (hooking), 4:17; Johnsson, Min (delay of game), 4:49; Holik, Atl (elbowing), 15:48.
Third Period—3, Atlanta, Armstrong 10 (Kovalchuk, Kozlov), 14:30 (pp). 4, Minnesota, Burns 12 (Rolston, Bouchard), 17:38 (pp). 5, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 44 (Enstrom), 19:15. Penalties—Klee, Atl (slashing), :58; Larsen, Atl (hooking), 6:23; Radivojevic, Min (boarding), 12:41; Kwiatkowski, Atl (hooking), 16:38; Hedberg, Atl, served by Slater, misconduct, 17:38.
Shootout—Minnesota 0 (Koivu NG, Burns NG, Rolston NG); Atlanta 1 (Kozlov NG, Christensen G, Kovalchuk NG). Shots on Goal—Minnesota 16-10-10-3—39. Atlanta 5-7-11-3—26. Power-play opportunities—Minnesota 2 of 6; Atlanta 1 of 4. Goalies—Minnesota, Backstrom 26-13-5 (26 shots-24 saves). Atlanta, Hedberg 27-13-10 (39-37). A—18,709 (18,545).
Ducks lose big scorer
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks wing Corey Perry will miss about six weeks after surgery for a lacerated tendon above his right knee.
Perry, who leads Anaheim with 29 goals and is second with 54 points, was injured in the third period of Thursday's 1-0 loss at Colorado.
He was driving to the net when goaltender Jose Theodore's skate sliced his leg. Surgery was done that night in Denver by Avalanche team physician Andy Parker.
"Corey is doing very well this morning, thanks to both clubs' medical staffs," Ducks general manager Brian Burke said Friday.
"His injury is not career-threatening."
Teemu Selanne said the team will have to bounce back.
"Perry has been a big part of this team the whole year and he's going to be missed," he said. "But a lot of guys are going to have to take more responsibility to fill that hole."
Division leaders earn top three seeds followed by next five; with wins (the first tiebreaker) and games remaining:
Pts. W GR
1. Devils 84 39 14
2. Canadiens 83 37 14
3. Hurricanes 77 36 12
4. Penguins 83 38 13
5. Senators 81 37 13
6. Rangers 79 35 14
7. Bruins 77 35 15
8. Flyers 76 34 14
9. Sabres 73 32 14
10. Capitals 72 32 14
Pts. W GR
1. Red Wings 94 44 14
2. Stars 87 41 12
3. Wild 80 37 13
4. Sharks * 84 38 15
5. Ducks 83 38 12
6. Flames * 79 35 15
7. Avalanche 78 36 14
8. Predators * 76 34 14
9. Canucks 76 33 15
10. Coyotes 73 34 14
* Played late Friday