It wasn’t for lack of opportunities.

Heading into Thursday’s contest with a steadily improving power play unit, the Oilers had a number of chances to get back into the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, they couldn’t figure things out with the man advantage until the game was already out of reach, eventually falling 4-2.

“We had a little more urgency late,” said Oilers centre Sam Gagner. “We realized what was at stake in the game there and turned it up a little bit and started battling a little harder for pucks.

“I think you can see how much better our power play is when we’re doing that. It’s something that we have to make sure we’re doing regardless of the situation and at the start of games.”

The Oilers finished 1-for-7 with the man advantage against the Blue Jackets.

Gagner scored just after Blake Comeau’s penalty expired and Jordan Eberle found the net with Jack Skille in the box with just under four minutes left in the contest.