St. Louis' Chris Osgood has given up 11 goals in his past two
The Blues won the season series from the Oilers 2-1-2, but
Edmonton stretched its undefeated streak to six games. The Oilers
are 6-1-2 in their past nine games and have lost just three times
in 16 games.
''Quietly, we're starting to put some of the pieces in place,''
Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. ''We're getting things to
The Oilers cut the Blues' lead to 4-3 when Brad Isbister scored
at 5:56 of the third period on a shot from the left circle.
Three minutes later, St. Louis regained its two-goal lead when
Drake scored a power-play goal at 8:56.
''We get the big goal on the power play and it should have been
game,'' St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said.
But the Oilers scored twice in the final 6:58. Marc-Andre
Bergeron got his first goal this season at 13:02 when he directed a
pass from Mike Comrie past Osgood, narrowing the Blues' lead to
Ethan Moreau scored at 18:08 to tie it, converting a rebound of
a shot by Marty Reasoner.
St. Louis defenseman Al MacInnis also was unhappy with the
''It was the most undisciplined game we've played in a long
time,'' he said. ''We just continued to turn the puck over and it
cost us. That's not the way to play this game. It hurts.''
The Blues outshot the Oilers 13-7 in the first period and took a
2-1 lead on goals by MacInnis and Mellanby.
Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff scored during a scramble in front of
the net. He poked in a rebound at 6:49, giving the Oilers their
MacInnis put in a wrist shot from the top of the slot, tying the
game at 12:58. Mellanby gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he scored
his 26th goal with 49 seconds left. From the corner of the net,
Demitra passed to Mellanby, who aimed the puck just inside the left
post to beat Jussi Markkanen.
St. Louis outscored Oilers 2-1 despite being outshot 10-8 in the
second period. The Blues' Cory Stillman figured in all three goals.
Stillman slammed home a slap shot at the six-minute mark of the
second period, putting the Blues ahead 3-1. Demitra made a
backhanded pass to Stillman, who was at the top of the slot.
Edmonton trimmed the lead to 3-2 with an unassisted goal at 9:12
by Comrie, who intercepted an errant pass by Stillman.
Demitra deflected a shot by Stillman for his 33rd goal of the
season at 13:15 to make it 4-2.
Quenneville was fined $5,000 by the NHL as
a result of the conduct of the team in the last minute the 6-2 home defeat Saturday against Detroit. The Blues were fined $25,000
... The Oilers finished their road schedule with a mark of
16-14-6-5. They have four home games remaining before the playoffs.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Don Koharski, Tim Peel Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18,503 (96.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Shawn Horcoff (12)
Assists: Georges Laraque, Daniel Cleary
Al MacInnis (16)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Doug Weight
Scott Mellanby (26)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Al MacInnis
Cory Stillman (24)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Scott Mellanby
Mike Comrie (20)
Pavol Demitra (33)
Assists: Cory Stillman, Scott Mellanby
Brad Isbister (13)
Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky