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EDMONTON 3, COLUMBUS 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Sloppy play by the Edmonton Oilers gave
the Columbus Blue Jackets some great scoring chances. Ty Conklin
was there in goal to constantly bail them out.

Conklin stopped 21 shots, and Ethan Moreau scored the winner
with 5:23 left of the third period as the Oilers beat the Blue
Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Oilers moved within four points of the final playoff spot in
the Western Conference.

"It was a big win for our team and it was a complete effort,"
Conklin said.

Conklin made 10 saves in the second period, including one on a
point-blank opportunity by Columbus defenseman Anders Eriksson and
another on rookie Nikolai Zherdev.

He also stopped Rick Nash on a breakaway late in the period and
then denied Andrew Cassels on another breakaway in the closing
minutes of the third.

"Conks makes a great save on Nash who's in all alone in the
second period and then a pretty good save on Cassels," Oilers
coach Craig MacTavish said. "We made some mistakes at the blue
line that we got away with. Real good, solid goaltending. Ty played
very well."

With the game tied 2-2, Steve Staios was stopped on a breakaway
but Moreau picked up the rebound and beat Marc Denis for his 18th
of the season, a career high.

"They made us work harder in this game then we had to in the
last game," said Moreau, referring to Edmonton's 3-1 win over
Ottawa on Sunday.

The winning goal came just 1:40 after Cassels tied it for the
Blue Jackets with his 200th NHL goal.

Georges Laraque and Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored for the
Oilers, who have points in 13 of 14 games.

"I've never felt this good in my entire career," said Laraque,
who scored all six of his goals this season in the past 21 games.

Alexander Svitov had the other Columbus goal, and Denis made 24
saves.

"It's the same old story -- another one-goal loss," Blue
Jackets interim coach Gerard Gallant said. "We played pretty well.
A pretty good team we played against, a desperate team. They beat
us again in the third.

"It's disappointing, but it's the same old story."

There was little hitting in the game, with the first penalty
being called at 16:39 of the second period when Moreau was called
for cross-checking.

Svitov opened the scoring 3:17 in when he picked up a rebound in
front of the crease and slipped the puck low on Conklin's stick
side.

Bergeron tied it 1-1 on a play that was reviewed by the video
goal judge. Ryan Smyth sent a pass toward the goal and Bergeron,
who skated up the middle of the ice from his own zone, got a piece
of the puck, and bounced it just over the goal-line behind Denis.

Laraque scored 2:41 into the third period.<
^Notes: Edmonton is 7-0-3 in its last 10 games against the Blue
Jackets. ... Svitov's goal was his second of the season since
coming to Columbus in the deal that sent D Darryl Sydor to Tampa
Bay on Jan. 27.