Visnovsky's huge goal

Lubomir Visnovsky scored the winning goal for the Oilers Thursday night. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

Lubomir Visnovsky scored the winning goal for the Oilers Thursday night. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

He proved an unlikely hero on a night where the focus and accolades were justifiably on the Edmonton Oilers' new top line.

But the comeback and the feel-good story would not have been complete without Lubomir Visnovsky's game winner midway through the third period.

The Oilers defenceman stepped into a shot off a long rebound, and blew it by Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon for the team's fifth goal of the game in a 6-4 come-from-behind victory at Rexall Place.

"I was just following the play," Visnovsky said. "Dustin (Penner) shot the puck and the goalie stopped it and it went into the slot. The first guy went in and missed the puck, the second guy went in and missed the puck, and it came to me and I just shot it right away.

"I don't think the goalie had any idea where the puck was, I was a little bit lucky. I just was trying to shoot it as hard as I could because the puck was bouncing and I just wanted to hit the puck and it went in."

The goal was Visnovsky's second of the season. Earlier in the contest, he set up the Oilers' third goal with a well-disguised feed to Ales Hemsky at the side of the net on the power play.

The puck had dropped to the Oilers defenceman at the point, but instead of stepping into it, he spotted Hemsky alone at the side of the net, who collected it and snapped it past Garon. At the time, the goal made a comeback feasible by turning a 4-2 deficit into a one-goal game.

"At first I was going to try to shoot it right away. I was going to aim for just under the top of the crossbar," Visnovsky said. "But then I saw Ales at the side of the net and saw that Mathieu Garon was out to try and stop the shot. I was able to get the puck over to Hemsky and he was able to shoot it into an empty net. I thought it was a very nice goal."

Visnovsky finished with three points on the night, picking up an assist on Robert Nilsson's empty netter in the dying seconds of the contest. The three points give him seven on the year.

He was also instrumental in keeping Columbus star Rick Nash off the scoreboard on the night.

"Tonight it was a good feeling to score a goal, I felt more effective," he said. "It was good for me and good for the team."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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