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It's been an odyssey of crap the past week. However some recent stats show that if you quint your eyes and tilt your head the right way, maybe the Oilers are good at some stuff.

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Here’s a couple fun facts care of Sportsnet:

Since Feb 1st, the Edmonton Oilers have the top powerplay in the league.

Here’s another one:

Since January 31st, Jordan Eberle is third in points behind only Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares.

Sure, the timeframes might be a little contrived but, hey, it works for us. Who are we to deny the Oilers being good at stuff? However, maybe this warrants serious conversation. Are the Edmonton Oilers good at stuff?

Actually, the Edmonton Oilers are great at scoring goals. They’re just among the worst at stopping other teams from scoring goals.

Before this game there was wild speculation abound as to whether Columbus was a real city with a real hockey team in it. This game put those nay-sayers to rest. Turns out the Columbus Blue Jackets are totally an actual hockey team.

And the Edmonton Oilers gave them an actual hockey game.

It began in true Oilers fashion with a "Columbus" player, Marko Dano, scoring on the first shot of the hockey game barely more than 40 seconds into it. (Yeah, Scrivens should have had it.) Then at the end of the period with only two seconds left, "Columbus" scored a second goal by whoever, some future hockey panelist no doubt.

At this point a lot of people flipped the channel to watch Judge Judy until the Flames-Leafs game came on.

But then Jordan Eberle (who unquestionably has his groove back) scored a very pretty goal. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed him a great pass and he had a long second to stare at Bobrovsky and snap it over Bobrovsky’s shoulder. Oilers tied it up and kept it tied all the way to shootout.

Derek Roy’s goal is guaranteed for the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em blooper real - assisted by a warp in the boards that spat the puck out to him while Sergei Bobrovsky was stuck behind the net.

The "Blue Jackets" dominated the first half of overtime and Scrivens saved some face here. There was a bit of back and forth but the game was destined for shootout. And that concludes the great Oilers Teambuilding Retreat. They can come home now after four losses and a shoutout point.

Highlights

First period

19:17 BLUE JACKETS GOAL Marko Dano assisted Alexander Wennberg. Throws it at net, Scrivens fails to get in its way. 1 - 0 Blue Jackets
13:50 FIGHT Luke Gazdic and Jared Boll
12:36 OILERS PENALTY Nail Yakupov highsticking drawn by Dalton Prout
7:05 OILERS PENALTY Keith Aulie cross-checking drawn by Rene Bourque. Retaliation for a prior big hit on Oscar Klefbom.
4:17 BLUE JACKETS PENALTY Corey Tropp hooking drawn by Derek Roy.
2:04 OILERS PENALTY Derek Roy highsticking double minor drawn by Alexander Wennberg. Tying him up while Scrivens leaves the net to not play the puck. Double minor for drawing blood.
00:02 BLUE JACKETS GOAL Cam Atkinson assisted by Nick Foligno, Jack Johnson. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins goes to get a new stick and in the team he leaves the play, Atkinson finds space in the slot to receive pass and pop it in. 2 - 0 Blue Jackets

Shots Oilers 9 - Blue Jackets 11

Second period

13:59 BLUE JACKETS PENALTY Artem Namisimov hooking drawn by Matt Fraser
13:42 OILERS POWERPLAY GOAL Jordan Eberle assisted by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz. A pretty goal. After a good sequence by the Oilers, Eberle is set up all alone and has a second to stare at the net, pick a spot, and snaps it right over the shoulder of Bobrovsky. 2 - 1 Blue Jackets.
8:12 BLUE JACKETS PENALTY Ryan Johansen tripping drawn by Teddy Purcell
7:04 OILERS POWERPLAY GOAL Derek Roy assisted by Oscar Klefbom, Ben Scrivens. A goofy one, but they’ll take it. Klefbom tries to dump the puck around the boards and Sergei Bobrovsky goes behind the net to stop it but the puck hits a weird warp in the boards and bumps back out in front of the net to Roy who slides it into the open net. Classic Rock ‘em Sock ‘em bloopers reel material. Tied 2 - 2.
3:08 BLUE JACKETS GOAL Artem Anisimov assisted by Nick Foligno. Foligno skates hard into the zone, Scrivens is sold on his left side with crowd of Oilers spinning around in front, pass over to Anisimov on the open side. 3 - 2 BLUE JACKETS
00:48 OILERS GOAL Andrew Ference assisted by Justin Schultz, Benoit Pouliot. Rob Klinkhammer wins battle in corner leading to puck to Ference, wrists it top corner. Tied 3 - 3.

Shots Oilers 14 - Blue Jackets 7

Third period

18:04 BLUE JACKETS PENALTY Kevin Connauton tripping drawn by Matt Hendricks
17:29 BLUE JACKETS PENALTY Alexander Wennberg hooking drawn by Teddy Purcell 5 on 3
16:34 OILERS POWERPLAY GOAL Nail Yakupov assisted by Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. 4 - 3 Oilers
3:36 BLUE JACKETS GOAL Scott Hartnell assisted by Marko Dano, Alexander Wennberg. Oilers fall apart amidst big pressure by hungry Blue Jackets. Oilers forced to ice the puck a couple times until evenutally Hartnell drives to the net and picks up a rebound. Tied 4 - 4

Shots Oilers 9 - Blue Jackets 9

Overtime

Blue Jackets dominate the first half of overtime with more back and forth toward the end.

Shots Oilers 3 - Blue Jackets 4

Total shots Oilers 35 - Blue Jackets 31

Shootout

Mark Letestu saved
Nugent-Hopkins POST
Ryan Johansson miss
Nail Yakupov saved
Artem Anisimov saved
Derek Roy saved
Jack Johnson saved
Jordan Eberle saved
Alexander Wennberg SCORE
Teddy Purcell saved

Coming up next …

The Oilers take the weekend off before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday March 16th at 7:30 GMT. No word yet on who the Leafs might be disciplining now that they’re all focused on "leadership" and "team culture". snicker snicker