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Published: Monday, 3/26/2012

Jackets doubled up by Oilers

ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Ryan Jones had a goal and two assists, Chris VandeVelde scored his first NHL goal, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Sunday in a matchup of the league’s two worst teams.

The Oilers (69) and Blue Jackets (55) came in with 124 points combined, while the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues have 101 apiece all by themselves.

Ladislav Smid, Ben Eager, Sam Gagner, and Eric Belanger scored while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Whitney each had two assists for the Oilers, who have points in their last seven games.

Rick Nash scored on a penalty shot and Mark Letestu and Derick Brassard also had goals for Columbus.

The loss assured the Blue Jackets of having the worst record in the NHL this season.

Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to improve to 14-8-2 in 2012.

The Oilers pulled away by scoring five times in the second period, taking advantage of a lackluster performance by goalie Steve Mason and the rest of the Blue Jackets’ defense.

Allen York replaced Mason at the start of the third.



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