Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/3/11
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ryan 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. Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 8-3-2 at home. Derek Dorsett had a pair of goals and Mark Letestu also scored as the Blue Jackets lost their third in four games. 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 2 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 4 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 2 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 9 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 4 minutes left as Shawn 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. 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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