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The Czechs wasted no time opening the scoring

Jun 11 '14
EDMONTON -- Goals have not come easy this season for the Edmonton Oilers, but you wouldnt have known it from Tuesday night. Wayne Gretzky Kings Jersey . David Perron had a career high four-point night with two goals and two assists as the Oilers experienced an offensive explosion, blasting the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-0 to record a rare home win for their second victory in a row. "We played the right way," Perron said. "More games like that are going to happen if we do that. I doubt its going to be 7-0 every night, but I feel that we did get some bounces tonight. Its nice to get a decisive win like that, compared to (Saturdays 4-2 come-from-behind win over Calgary) where I didnt feel we deserved it, but we found a way." Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk only needed 14 saves to record his first shutout of the season. Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers (6-12-2), who improved to just 2-7-0 in Edmonton this season. Edmonton was 2-9-1 in its previous 12 games before putting together just its second back-to-back win this year. "The wins have been few and far between and to have a game like that, especially at home, its good for the team, but more importantly its good for our fans," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "Theyve been suffering just as much as we have. Its nice to give them something to go home feeling good about." Yakupov said it wasnt just the offensive output, it was shutting the door the other way as well. "We didnt give up anything," he said. "I didnt think we played awesome for 60 minutes, but I thought defensively, we played well. We played man-on-man and we were winning battles. I think we showed the fans how were capable of playing. We felt pretty comfortable out there." The mood was completely different in the other dressing room as the Blue Jackets (7-11-3) have lost in four of their last five and nine of their last 11 games. "That was disgusting," said Columbus forward Nick Foligno. "We knew what kind of team they are and we played right into their hands. It is on everybody in this room, it is embarrassing. We handed them goals and gave them power plays and opportunities. It was really tough to be a part of this. I hope we have hit rock bottom here and understand that we are not a team that can play like this. "This is the lowest of lows." Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards was left shaking his head after the poor performance. "Im just really, really disappointed," he said. "We werent ready to play the game. We werent ready to battle or do the things necessary to win. There was no desperation and no urgency. I dont know if we get too high on ourselves. You are going to have no success in this league, and it was proven first-hand tonight, if you arent ready and willing to battle. This is what will happen to you." The Oilers started the scoring two-and-a-half minutes into the opening period as the rebound on a Corey Potter point shot came to Eberle at the side of the net and he had a wide-open cage to deposit it into before Columbus starter Sergei Bobrovsky could get across. Edmonton came into the game with only one goal in its previous four home games. The Oilers had been outscored 23-3 in their previous six home games, continued on to equal that goal output in the first period alone thanks to a pair of power-play goals. Edmonton made it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining in the first as Perron intercepted a pass with his skate and shifted it to his stick for a quick shot and then swooped in to deposit the rebound for his sixth of the season. Four minutes later, the Oilers had a rare three-goal lead, as Sam Gagner sent a pass through the crease and Smyth was able to bat it out of the air and in. Edmonton had 15 shots in the first, while the Blue Jackets only mustered three shots on Dubnyk. The Oilers took a 4-0 lead eight-and-a-half minutes into the second as the puck came to Perron off of a face-off win by Boyd Gordon and he picked the top corner with a shot from a bad angle for his third goal in the last two games. Curtis McElhinney came in to replace Bobrovsky, who allowed four goals on 18 shots. It didnt take long for the Oilers to get one past the back-up goalie either, as Perron made a terrific play to intercept a clearing attempt on an Edmonton power play and got a shot on net, with Yakupov following up to score his fourth of the season on the rebound with nine minutes to play in the second. Columbus had its best chance of the game to that point less than a minute later as Ryan Johansen got in tight on the Edmonton net, but Dubnyk made a good play to poke the puck away. The offensive explosion continued for the Oilers with just under five minutes to play in the second as Schultz joined the play on an odd-man rush and beat McElhinney with a shot high to the glove side. It was the 10th straight goal the Oilers had scored in less than a 60-minute span going back to a four-goal third period to defeat the Flames 4-2 in Calgary on Saturday. Edmonton was looking for more midway through the third but Gagner was unable to score his first goal of the season, sending a shot into a mostly empty net right on McElhinney who was down and doing snow angels in the crease on the play. The Oilers made it 7-0 with three minutes left as Eberle sent Hall in on a breakaway and he was able to score five-hole on the Jackets netminder. Notes: It was the first of just two meetings between the two teams this season. The Oilers will quickly return the favour by visiting Columbus on Nov. 29a It was the first time the first and second overall picks from the 2012 NHL Entry faced each other in the pro ranks. Edmonton, who won the draft lottery, jumped ahead of Columbus to select forward Yakupov. Columbus followed up that pick by taking defender Ryan Murray. After missing last season with a shoulder surgery, Murray came into the game with two goals and two assists in 20 games. In his second season, Yakupov had just three goals and three assists, but added a goal and an assist in this gamea Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was on the Oilers bench as the backup to Dubnyk for the first time after signing as a free agent last week. No announcement has been made as to when he is expected to make his first starta Jackets goalie Bobrovsky served as Bryzgalovs back-up in Philadelphia for a season before getting traded to Columbus prior to the lockout-shortened campaign. He went 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA and four shutouts with the Blue Jackets last season, winning the Vezina Trophya Sophomore defenceman Justin Schultz made his return to the Oilers lineup after missing the previous eight games with a groin injurya Columbus winger Matt Calvert is expected to make his return from abdominal surgery some time this week. Mike Richards Jersey . Alex Gough, Sam Edney and the doubles tandem of Justin Snith and Tristan Walker combined in the new event but missed winning a medal by one-tenth of a second. Anze Kopitar Jersey . Lately, hes doing something with them. Bruce homered his first time up, then doubled twice during a seven-run burst as the Cincinnati Reds delighted a sellout crowd, battering the Milwaukee Brewers 13-7 on Saturday. LAPEENRANTA, Finland -- Canada will have to play for bronze at the world under-18 hockey championship. David Kase scored at 6:17 of overtime to give the Czech Republic a 4-3 semifinal win over Canada on Saturday. Kase converted a turnover in the Canadian zone to move the Czechs into the tournament final against the United States on Sunday. The Americans advanced with a 4-1 semifinal victory over Sweden. Canada, the defending champion who erased an early 3-0 deficit, will play the Swedes for the bronze medal on Sunday. "Its not easy," Canadian head coach Kevin Dineen said. "You just dont walk by this, you feel the sting of it and understand its going to be a tough game for both teams. "But it has to be something that we understand about playing for your country. Theres opportunity to finish strong and weve got to come out and show some respect for our country by playing extremely hard." The Czechs dominated overtime, outshooting Canada 5-1 in the extra frame and forcing goalie Mason McDonald to come up big. But the Canadians had a glorious chance to earn the victory when they went on the power play after David Pastrnak was called for hooking Travis Konecny at 2:07, but couldnt come up with the winner. Dineen said that was indeed a lost opportunity for his squad. "Absolutely," he said. "They were able to clear two pucks out and unfortunately for us we didnt have a net presence there. "We had some real skill and some ability to shoot it but nobody standing in front of the net, which was a real issue for us. We needed to capitalize there and I think when you get one of those in overtime you like to think that youve got a real advantage and unfortunately we couldnt get the thing to go in. Jonathan Quick Jersey. " The Canadians forced overtime with third-period goals by Joe Hicketts and Daniel Audette and Dineen said the effort his team had to expend to erase its early deficit came back to haunt it later on. "Yeah, it did," said Dineen, who led Canadas national womens team to Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia. "These players are used to logging a lot of icetime with their respective junior teams but I dont think theyre used to logging such hard minutes like they had to tonight. "That certainly played into it, fatigue at the end." Jiri Smejkal, Jakub Vrana and Michael Spacek scored in regulation for the Czech Republic, which outshot the Canadians 33-30. Mathew Barzal also scored for Canada. The Czechs wasted no time opening the scoring, with Spaceks goal coming just 1:15 into the contest. Vrana made it 2-0 at 7:37 of the second before Smejkal converted on a two-on-one break at 12:57. Barzal cut Canadas deficit to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 14:51. The Canadians came close moments after, with Ryan Gropp having a great scoring chance off a two-on-one, but couldnt beat Czech goalie Vtek Vanecek. Queeneville also had a glorious opportunity to make it a one-goal game with just over two minutes remaining. Hicketts pulled Canada to within 3-2 when his wrist shot from the point beat a screened Vanecek at 5:02 of the third before Audette scored off a goal-mouth scramble in front of Vanecek at 12:21. cheap jerseys ` ` `
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