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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers solved their home woes in spectacular fashion Tuesday night, pounding the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-0 at Rexall Place.

The win snapped a six-game home-ice losing streak in which the Oilers had been outscored 23-3. It also ties the Oilers longest win streak of the season (two games).

The avalanche started early, with Edmonton jumping out to a 1-0 lead on right wing Jordan Eberle's goal at 2:37.

The quick goal seemed to settle Edmonton's nerves at home because the Oilers took off after that.

Just a few seconds into their first power play, they made it 2-0 on left wing David Perron's sixth of the season.

At 16:06, again on the power play, left-winger Ryan Smyth batted a center Sam Gagner pass out of midair past goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 3-0 Oilers.

By period's end, the Blue Jackets were being outshot 15-3.

The second period was more of the same, with Edmonton applying the pressure and Columbus struggling to respond.

Perron's second goal of the night made it 4-0 at 8:30. Right wing Nail Yakupov's third goal in five games made it 5-0 and defenseman Justin Schultz, in his first game back from a groin injury, made it 6-0 after two periods.

Shots after 40 were 24-10 for the Oilers. Bobrovsky got the hook after Edmonton scored four goals on 18 shots, but Curtis McElhinney didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on six shots.

Oilers winger Taylor Hall wrapped up the scoring with a third period breakaway. Goalie Devan Dubnyk posted his first shutout of the season.

The Jackets were playing pretty well when they arrived in Edmonton, picking up points in five straight games (2-0-3), but they were dead and buried after 40 minutes in falling to 7-11-3.

NOTES: Oilers D Justin Schultz returned from seven games on the shelf with a groin injury, sending D Philip Larsen to the press box in his place. ... Rookie C Mark Arcobello, the Oilers fifth -leading scorer, has been told to check out of this hotel and find a place in Edmonton. Strangely, he's been a healthy scratch in three-straight games since they gave him the good news. ... Columbus D Nikita Nikitin and Oilers D Anton Belov were teammates for three years with Avangard Omsk in the KHL. ... Columbus C Artem Anisimov played the 300th game of his NHL career Tuesday. ... With his second period fight against Luke Gazdic, Jackets LW Jared Boll reached the 1,000 penalty minute mark for his career. ... The Oilers scored as many goals in the first period Tuesday (3) as they did in their previous six home games combined.
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