EDMONTON - Ryan Jones scored his first career hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also recorded goals for the Oilers (13-10-3), who improved to 8-3-2 at home this year.
Derek Dorsett had a pair of goals and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets (7-16-3), who have lost three of their last four.
The Oilers opened the scoring on their first shot of the game just 21 seconds in. With Columbus captain Rick Nash in the penalty box for hooking, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a long pass through traffic to Eberle, who beat Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford for his 10th goal of the season.
After taking over the momentum for the remainder of the period, the Blue Jackets finally tied it up with just over a minute to play as Letestu picked the top corner past Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk on a two-man advantage.
Columbus outshot Edmonton 21-7 in the first period.
Columbus went up 2-1 midway through the second after a couple of Oiler gaffes. Tom Gilbert fanned on a power play pass in his own zone and then fell, giving Dorsett a breakaway. Dubnyk gambled and dove out to poke the puck away but Dorsett dodged and scored the short-handed marker.
Edmonton tied the game again just under two minutes into the third period as Jones swung around from behind the net and banked a puck off Sanford's pads for his seventh of the year.
The Oilers went up 3-2 four minutes later as Smid scored a rare goal, creeping in from the point to unleash a slapshot that blew past Sanford. It was Smid's second goal in a week after going nearly two years without one.
The Oilers went up 4-2 less than two minutes later. Eric Blenager made a nice backhand feed to Jones, who lifted the puck over Sanford