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Dubnyk, Oilers shut out Blue Jackets

Mar 15, 2012 - 5:32 AM
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves to record his second shutout of the season and the fourth of his career as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-0 at Rexall Place on Wednesday.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist, while Taylor Hall and Linus Omark also lit the lamp for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game slide.

"I thought he (Nugent-Hopkins) played really well tonight," Oilers head coach Tom Renney said. "There are just subtle things the kid does, even if he's not on the score sheet, that make me say 'wow, this kid is special.'"

Curtis Sanford gave up two goals on 26 shots in defeat for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight contests.

After a scoreless first period in which Dubnyk needed to make only three saves and Sanford stopped 12 shots, the Oilers finally broke the deadlock at 7:40 of the second stanza.

Nugent-Hopkins pounced on a loose puck amid a scrum in the right corner and worked his way to the slot before firing a wrist shot on net that beat Sanford low to the far side.

Skating on the man advantage, the Oilers struck again with just five seconds left in the second period to make it 2-0.

Nugent-Hopkins fired a quick shot on net from the right point that was initially stopped by Sanford, but Hall was parked in front and jammed it home.

Omark found the empty net with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line with 1:33 showing on the clock to seal the win for the Oilers.

"Tonight was as bad as we've played all season, I'm really disappointed with the way we played tonight," Blue Jackets interim head coach Todd Richards said. "Many of the things we've done in the past to win games were really nonexistent tonight."

Game Notes

Hall extended his goal scoring streak to four consecutive games...Sanford fell to 7-4-1 in his career against Edmonton...The Oilers improved to 20-3-1 when leading after two periods of play...The Blue Jackets fell to 7-7-2 against Northwest Division teams...The Jackets went 0-for-4 on the power play and are now 0-for-30 over their last five games...Edmonton finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.