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Jackets flak

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The newest Oiler got two points last night.

Unfortunately, thanks to the second newest Oiler, the rest of the team only left Columbus with one.

Netminder Dwayne Roloson let in a pair of ghastly third-period goals against the lowly Blue Jackets, turning a closer-than-it-should-have-been 3-2 lead into a crushing 4-3 overtime loss.

"I've got to have those,'' a deeply disappointed Roloson told the post-game media.

"Those are saves I have to make.''

It was 3-2 Oilers midway through the third period when Roloson's first terrible gaffe tied it for the 13th-place Blue Jackets. He had the puck under his pads, didn't know it, got up to see where it was and Nikolai Zherdev nudged it a foot over the goal line to make it 3-3.

Then with 53.8 left in overtime, while he was fumbling to pick up his stick after a collision with Marc Andre Bergeron, Rostislav Klesla scored from the corner, behind the goal-line.

IT GOT UGLIER

It was uglier than the first.

A night like that is painful enough, but it's doubly so when it's your second game with a team and the stakes are so high.

"Exactly - especially we're the situation we're in,'' said Roloson, who is 0-2 as an Oiler and has allowed nine goals in two games.

"We're trying to keep a playoff spot. It's an extra point that we should have had tonight. Unfortunately I let them down.''

What happened?

"On the first goal I didn't know it until Chris (Pronger) hollered, 'It's in front of me.'

"I couldn't find it at first.''

On the winner he went out to play the puck, slammed into Bergeron and was fumbling on his hands and knees when the bad angle shot banked in off his hand.

"I'm just used to throwing it behind the net to one of our guys. I have to figure out where our D are going so I can giver it to them in a safe place.''

It's a heartbreaking loss to a 13th place team 21 points behind them in the standings.

They'll now need to sweep Minnesota to salvage a .500 trip. MacTavish said he doesn't know yet if Roloson will start tonight.

As for Sergei Samsonov, he made his presence felt, too.

He set up two power play goals in the first period (Ryan Smyth and Jaroslav Spacek) and looked very sharp. But it was all for nothing.

"It was a tough loss,'' he said. "Leading pretty much the whole game and then losing it late like that ... tough loss. I'm not sure what happened.''

GOT THEIR FEET MOVING

After hanging goalie Roloson out to dry a game earlier, the Oilers gave him the first period off, outshooting Columbus 15-4.

"I told our guys between periods that we're playing a team that's basically in the playoffs right now, and we look like it's an exhibition game,'' said Columbus coach Gerard Gallant. "We needed to get our feet moving.''

They listened. Columbus made it 2-1 four minutes into the second when Trevor Letowski set up former Oiler Jason Chimera.

And when Michael Peca restored the lead at 14:28, Sergei Fedorov put a point shot past Roloson a minute later to tighten it right back up again. By the end of the second period, the Jackets were outshooting Edmonton 21-20.

Then came the third period ...


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