After Edmonton scored the first three goals of the game Justin Jones Color Rush Jersey , the Columbus Blue Jackets made it apparent which team was still fighting for a playoff spot and which team was already out of the race. Thomas Vanek had three goals and an assist to lift the Blue Jackets over the Oilers 7-3 on Tuesday night. ”We were down 3-0, but it didn’t feel like it because it was just a couple of dumb mistakes that cost us,” Vanek said. ”We felt fine about our game going into the game and even being down 3-0 we felt OK. We showed a lot of character and it was a big two points again.” Artemi Panarin, Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Markus Nutivaara also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won 11 of 12. 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McDavid picked up his 100th point, tying his league-leading total from last year. Linesman Steve Barton was stretchered off following a collision with McDavid in the first period. Columbus’ Zach Werenski ran into McDavid and sent him flying into Barton Sylvester Williams Color Rush Jersey , who hit his head hard on the ice. Sportsnet reported that Barton was taken to a hospital, where he was able to speak with doctors and move all extremities. McDavid scored a short-handed goal later in the period, his career-high 40th of the season. He’s the first Oilers player to hit the mark since Petr Klima did it in 1991. Edmonton made it 3-0 on the power play midway through the first when Caggiula blasted a puck top corner past Bobrovsky. Columbus came roaring back with a pair of goals within a minute, as Vanek’s shot caromed off a defender and past Talbot, and then Panarin scored his 26th on a rebound. Vanek tipped in his 23rd of the season off a shot by David Savard with 3:20 left. 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Happ allowed six runs (two earned), seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings of a 19-1 loss to the Astros on July 9 at Rogers Centre. Happ is 5-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 46 innings during his last seven starts. Toronto (36-41) split its four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels with a 7-6, 10-inning road win on Sunday. The Blue Jays are 6-6 in their last 12 games and were last above .500 on May 16. .