NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at St. Louis
(Thursday, January 5th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Edmonton 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt D'Agostini scored the game-winning goal,
as the St. Louis Blues rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to defeat the
Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Scottrade Center.
David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist apiece, Chris
Stewart lit the lamp and Carlo Colaiacovo contributed three assists for the
Blues, who have won back-to-back games since dropping three straight. Jaroslav
Halak made 29 saves in the victory.
Blues' head coach Ken Hitchcock secured his 550th career win and became just
the 11th coach in NHL history to reach that milestone. He also joined
Chicago's Joel Quenneville and Toronto's Ron Wilson as the only active
coaches to reach 550 wins.
Hitchcock also became the fifth Blues coach in team history to reach the
milestone, joining Scotty Bowman (1,244), Al Arbour (782), Mike Keenan (672)
and Quenneville (603).
"We were really good in the first," Hitchcock said. "It unraveled in the
second big time, then we really played hard in the third period."
Taylor Hall, Ben Eager and Jordan Eberle found the back of the net for the
Oilers, who have lost five of their last six games. Devan Dubnyk was touched
for all four goals on 37 shots in defeat.
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, St. Louis fought back in the third, scoring
three goals in the frame -- including two on the power play -- to steal a
victory from the jaws of defeat.
The first man-advantage tally came just 19 seconds into the period when
Pietrangelo slapped the puck past Dubnyk from the point with traffic in front
to make it 3-2.
The tying power-play goal came at 1:48 of the third when David Perron ripped
a slap shot from the point that was tipped in front by Backes and just
squeezed between the left arm and body of Dubnyk.
D'Agostini's game-winner followed at 8:59 of the third period when he picked
up a loose puck on the right wing, swung behind the net and fired a wrister
under the crossbar from the left circle to give the Blues the 4-3 edge.
Edmonton pulled Dubnyk with a minute remaining in regulation and got some
quality shots on net with the extra skater, but were unable to find the tying
"The bottom line is you don't want to get penalties in the third period,"
Oilers head coach Tom Renney said. "The big thing is discipline, first and
St. Louis opened the scoring at 14:42 of the first stanza when the Blues were
able to take advantage of a turnover by Dubnyk.
The Oilers netminder came out to play the puck and sent it up the right wing,
but it was intercepted at the point by Stewart, who sent it to Jamie
Langenbrunner in the slot before heading to the front of the net.
Langenbrunner then found Stewart alone in front and he tapped it into an open
net for a 1-0 St. Louis lead.
Edmonton came roaring back in the second period with three consecutive goals
to take a 3-1 lead.
The first goal came at the 5:12 mark on the power play when Hall wristed it
past Halak from the point with traffic in front.
Edmonton tallied again 15 seconds later when Eager picked up a loose puck
along the right wing and fired a sharp-angle shot on net that got through the
bodies in front and past Halak.
The final goal of the period came at the 13:54 mark on the power play when Sam
Gagner sent a cross-ice pass from the right wing to left circle for Eberle,
who ripped it into the net to give the Oilers the 3-1 advantage.
Thursday marked the second meeting of the season between the teams, Edmonton
took the first game of the series, 4-2...St. Louis is 8-0-1 in its last nine
home games...St. Louis finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage, while Edmonton
was 2-for-5 on the power play...Edmonton will head to Dallas to face the Stars
on Saturday, while St. Louis will host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
01/05 23:55:58 ET
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