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NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at St. Louis



(Tuesday, March 30th)

Final Score: St. Louis 1, Edmonton 0

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Osgood turned aside all 18 shots he faced to lead the St. Louis Blues closer to a playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in a key Western Conference battle at the Savvis Center.

After making eight saves in the first period, Osgood needed just 10 the rest of the way for his third shutout of the season and the 41st of his career.

"I focused on the puck and (didn't) think about other things," said Osgood. "I can't control how many goals we score. My job is to follow the puck."

Doug Weight tallied the only goal for St. Louis, which has won four straight and now sits just one point behind the sixth-place Calgary Flames in the West. The Blues also lead the Oilers by two points, as both teams came into the contest with 87 points and tied for the final two playoff spots.

"This is a game we should have been able to jump up and grab," said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish.

Jussi Markkanen put up a solid effort in goal for the Oilers, allowing just one goal on 28 shots, but it was not enough. Coupled with a Nashville Predators victory on Tuesday, Edmonton and the Predators are tied for eighth in the West.

The loss saw a great run come to a close for the Oilers, who failed to earn a point for the first time in 17 consecutive games (10-1-2-4). The last time they lost in regulation was on February 25 versus Anaheim.

The Blues scored the game's only goal on the power play with 6:14 to play in the first period. After Eric Brewer drew a roughing minor, the Blues skated with the man advantage and put pressure on Edmonton, but Markkanen was equal to the task.

However, just seconds before Brewer was released from the box, Pronger ripped a one-timer from the center point before Weight deflected it in the slot. The redirected disc, which started out along the ice, flew up high past a fooled Markkanen for a 1-0 St. Louis lead.

"It was a big goal for our team," said Weight. "It's emotional - (this is) the playoffs for us right now."

The Blues dominated play in the second, outshooting the Oilers by a 10-3 margin. Markkanen, though, kept the Oilers' deficit at one goal with several key saves during the stanza.

In the final period, play was fairly even on both ends of the ice. Both Osgood and Markkanen stood tall and the Oilers pulled their netminder in the final minute, but to no avail as the Blues held on for the victory.

Game Notes

The Blues are 6-2-3 in the last 11 meetings with Edmonton, which is winless in its previous 11 trips to St. Louis (0-8-3)...The last time the Blues lost to the Oilers on their home ice was February 13, 1999...Edmonton blueliner Igor Ulanov played in his 700th NHL game...The Blues ended 1-for-4 on the power play, while Edmonton was scoreless on four chances with the extra skater.

03/31 00:43:58 ET


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