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Jones notches first career hat trick as Oilers double up Blue Jackets

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Columbus Blue Jackets couldn't keep up with Ryan Jones.

Jones scored his first career hat trick and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a three-game skid with a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

"It's a pretty cool feeling," Jones said. "Especially the way that they came. Being able to score at an opportune time when we needed goals. And then such an unselfish play by Shawn Horcoff to get me the empty-netter. That meant a ton and showed what a captain and leader he is."

Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 8-3-2 at home.

Oilers head coach Tom Renney was glad to see his team erupt for five third-period goals after struggling for much of the game.

"If you are going to lose a game, lose it trying to win it," he said. "I just wanted them to go for it in the third and they did. "It was a huge win. It showed that they were willing to take responsibility for this season. Battling through adversity is important. It develops more resiliency and resolve and gives you more arrows in your quiver."

Derek Dorsett had a pair of goals and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets (7-16-3), who have lost three of their last four.

"When you give up that many goals in the third period to lose it is definitely disappointing," Dorsett said. "It's really frustrating. We have been battling hard for two points and every point counts for us right now. We are a desperate team and it felt like tonight slipped away from us."

The Oilers opened the scoring on their first shot of the game just 21 seconds in. With Columbus captain Rick Nash in the penalty box for hooking, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a long pass through traffic to Eberle, who beat Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford for his 10th goal of the season.

After taking over the momentum for the remainder of the period, the Blue Jackets finally tied it up with just over a minute to play as Letestu picked the top corner past Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk on a two-man advantage.

Columbus outshot Edmonton 21-7 in the first period.

Columbus went up 2-1 midway through the second after a couple of Oilers gaffes. Tom Gilbert fanned on a power play pass in his own zone and then fell, giving Dorsett a breakaway. Dubnyk gambled and dove out to poke the puck away but Dorsett dodged and scored the short-handed marker.

Edmonton again tied it just under two minutes into the third period as Jones swung around from behind the net and banked a puck off Sanford's pads for his seventh of the year.

The Oilers went up 3-2 roughly four minutes later as Smid scored a rare goal, creeping in from the point to unleash a slapshot that blew past Sanford. It was Smid's second goal in a week after going nearly two years without one.

The Oilers went up 4-2 less than two minutes later. Eric Blenager made a nice backhand feed to Jones, who lifted the puck over Sanford's shoulder.

The Blue Jackets came back with a goal of their own with nine minutes to play. Dubnyk stopped Marc Methot's shot but Dorsett scored his second of the game on the rebound.

Edmonton got some insurance with four minutes left as Horcoff fed Hemsky, who made a beautiful move to deke past Sanford and slide the puck into the net.

Columbus pulled Sanford in the final minute, and Jones completed his hat trick with an empty-netter.

"We said for the third period that we had to throw everything at them," Jones said. "That's exactly what we did. We threw bodies and pucks at the net and they found a way to go in."

Notes

  • It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams, who split the four meetings last season.
  • Columbus F Jeff Carter was a surprise scratch for the Blue Jackets, out with a suspected leg injury.
  • F Kristian Huselius was activated from injured reserve after missing the first 25 games of the season with a pectoral injury.
  • The Jackets came into the game with a record of 2-12-1 when either Carter or James Wisniewski was out of the lineup.
  • Ryan Smyth played his 796th game for the Oilers, moving him into fourth place in games played for the team, ahead of current assistant coach Kelly Buchberger.
  • Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr returned to Edmonton to drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff.
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Edmonton's Ryan Jones celebrates the second goal of his first career hat trick in the NHL. (Getty Images)
Edmonton's Ryan Jones celebrates the second goal of his first career hat trick in the NHL. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Columbus (7-16-3)1113
Edmonton  (13-10-3) «1056
Three Stars
R. Jones
EDM


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
R. Smyth
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
D. Dorsett
CLB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
21.0Power Play - Jordan Eberle (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nugent-Hopkins, Gilbert
18:54Power Play - Mark Letestu (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Nash, Wisniewski
2ND PERIOD
10:16Short - Derek Dorsett (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
01:41 - Ryan Jones (7), Wrap Shot. Assist: Smyth, Whitney
06:19 - Ladislav Smid (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Smyth
08:06 - Ryan Jones (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Belanger, Paajarvi
11:00 - Derek Dorsett (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Methot, MacKenzie
15:57 - Ales Hemsky (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Horcoff, Gagner
19:22 - Ryan Jones (9), Empty Net. Assist: Horcoff, Hemsky
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
13.0Nash, 2 min, Hooking
14:30Sutton, 2 min, Holding
17:00Boll, 5 min, Fighting
17:00Hordichuk, 5 min, Fighting
17:00Hordichuk, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
18:28Gagner, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
2ND PERIOD
09:25Boll, 2 min, Cross-Checking
15:41Smid, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
08:22Gagner, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
CLB2110839
EDM7121534
 
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