Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

St. Louis leads 2-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Friday, November 15th
Game 3: Thursday, February 27th
Game 4: Monday, March 31st

Oilers 5

(36-25-9, 91 pts)

Blues 5

(41-22-6, 98 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 31, 2003

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 OT T
EDM 1 1 3 05
STL 2 2 1 05

P. Demitra (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

S. Horcoff (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. MacInnis (Blues - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

St. Louis lets two two-goal leads disappear

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Dallas Drake was embarrassed after the St. Louis Blues were unable to hold a pair of two-goal leads.

''We were terrible defensively,'' the St. Louis left wing said after a 5-5 tie Monday night with the Edmonton Oilers. ''This might have been our worst outing of the year.

''We let passes go through us. We gave up odd-man rushes. You can't get much worse than that. It's disappointing, especially at this time of year.''

Ethan Moreau scored with 1:52 left in regulation, Edmonton's third goal of the third period.

''To get a point in this building without a full lineup, against a pretty hungry team, is big for us,'' Moreau said.

It was the second big recovery in two days for the Oilers, who came back from a 4-1 deficit Sunday to tie Chicago 4-4.

The Blues had already lost a chance to take the Central Division when Detroit beat Nashville earlier Monday to win the title.

Pavol Demitra and Scott Mellanby had a goal and two assists apiece for the Blues, who were 25-2-1-3 when leading after two periods.

St. Louis' Chris Osgood has given up 11 goals in his past two games.

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 happen.''

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 5-4.

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 Blues' play.

''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 only lead.

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.

Game notes

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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