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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Edmonton



(Wednesday, February 4th)

Final Score: Edmonton 5, St. Louis 3

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff's goal late in the second period gave Edmonton the lead for good and the Oilers went on to post a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Place.

Ryan Smyth scored twice and Ty Conklin stopped 23 shots for Edmonton, which has won two in a row. Ethan Moreau and Radek Dvorak also found the net for the Oilers, who scored four times in the second period.

"It's a huge win for our hockey club. We stepped up in the second period," said Smyth. "We played physical and got our chances and buried them. Now we have a chance to rest up and get ready for a good final two months of the season."

Keith Tkachuk, Jamal Mayers and Chris Pronger tallied goals for St. Louis, which remained winless in its last eight games (0-7-1). Reinhard Divis allowed four goals on 22 shots for the Blues. He was replaced after two periods by Chris Osgood, who made eight saves.

Horcoff gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead when he scored with only 1:20 remaining in the second period. Horcoff carried the puck over the St. Louis blue line and beat Divis with a 50-foot slap shot.

"That fourth goal was a killer," said Blues coach Joel Quenneville. "We were back in it at three-three and we were set to go for it in the third period. It just goes to show you when things are going bad."

Smyth sealed the contest with 2:18 left in the third period. Pronger mishandled the puck on a clearing attempt and it rolled into the slot area. Smyth collected the puck, deked to his backhand and slipped the puck past Osgood for his second goal of the contest.

Tkachuk opened the scoring with 1:58 left in the first period, as he took a centering pass from Doug Weight and tipped the puck past Conklin for his 22nd goal of the year.

Moreau tied the game 1-1 at 1:22 of the second frame. Dvorak was able to knock the puck out of mid-air from the right circle and toward the front of the net. Moreau was stationed in the slot and re-directed the puck past Divis.

Dvorak gave Edmonton the lead just 2:31 later. He was sent in alone by Raffi Torres during a power play and beat Divis with a low shot from the slot for his 11th tally of the campaign.

Mayers evened the game 2-2 midway through the period. Conklin made the initial save on Christian Backman, but Mayers dug the puck loose from the goaltender's skates and slipped it into the net for his fourth of the year.

Pronger put the Blues ahead 3-2 at 12:28, as he rifled a one-timer from the right circle past Conklin during a two-man advantage. It was Pronger's 12th goal of the campaign and marked the first Blues' power play goal in their last 37 chances with the extra skater.

Smyth answered on the power play 1:26 later with his 14th goal of the year, tying the game at 3-3.

Game Notes

Edmonton was 2-for-5 on the power play, while St. Louis went 1-for-5 with the man advantage...The Blues have lost four in a row for the first time since November of 2001...The Oilers improved to 6-3-1 in their last 10 home games...St. Louis is still 5-2-2 in its last nine meetings with Edmonton...The Oilers are 15-0-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.

02/05 02:03:29 ET


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