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
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.
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