EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Brad Isbister took full advantage of his return to the lineup.
After sitting out Edmonton’s last game as a healthy scratch, Isbister scored in overtime and set up another goal to lead the Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
“It’s nice to contribute,” Isbister said after converting Mike York’s pass at 2:29 of overtime. “It’s nice to help the team get a big win. Hopefully it’s a fresh start.”
Isbister was pointless in his first seven games, so the Oilers’ coaching staff decided to sit him last Saturday—a loss against Calgary.
“Isbister scored a nice goal on a great pass from York,” Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. “Overall, I think he played very well.”
“It’s disappointing not to win,” said former Oilers player Todd Marchant, who appeared to score the winner for Columbus with 1:08 left in the third period. “But we’re not in a position where we can let it get us down.”
Nash deflected in Derrick Walser’s pass on a power play at 15:37 of the third to make it 3-3, his team-leading eighth goal of the season and fourth in three games.
Marchant, a free agent pickup, was playing his first game against his former teammates after nine seasons in Edmonton. He appeared to beat Tommy Salo at 18:52 but Geoff Sanderson was called for goaltender interference on the play.
“You go from your highest moment to your lowest moment in five seconds,” Marchant said. “(Referee Dan Marouelli’s) explanation was that Geoff deliberately ran into Tommy. It’s a judgment call. I didn’t see it. All I know is I got the puck and the puck went in the net.”
“We got a break in a game that we didn’t really catch too many,” MacTavish said. “I think we hit three goal posts, then we get a break on the Sanderson call. It was a big turnaround for us.”
York opened the scoring at 4:51 in the first period. Marc Denis stopped Radek Dvorak’s shot from the circle, but the rebound bounced back to Dvorak, who slid a pass across the crease to a wide-open York for an easy tap-in.
“After three losses, it’s always huge when you win in overtime,” Dvorak said. “It gives you confidence. We have to keep working hard. We have to learn how to win one-goal games.”
Nash tied it at 8:22 of the first, banging in a rebound on a shot from the point by Jaroslav Spacek after Marchant won the faceoff back to Spacek.
Bergeron put Edmonton up 2-1 at 15:12 of the second with his first goal of the season. Isbister won a faceoff back to Bergeron, who ripped a shot into the top corner from just inside the blue-line.
Vyborny tied it for the Blue Jackets with a short-handed goal at 17:25 of the second, his fifth.
Smith put Edmonton up 3-2 at 2:46 of the third with his second goal of theseason.
The Oilers were without Georges Laraque (thumb), Cory Cross (shoulder) and Jarret Stoll (flu). … Edmonton forward Tony Salmelainen, called up from the Toronto of the AHL, dressed for his first NHL game. The Oilers also put injured G Ty Conklin on the injured list because of a groin injury. … Columbus C Tyler Wright returned to the lineup after missing six games becauseof a hyperextended elbow. … The Oilers had a season-high 41 shots on goal.