NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at St. Louis
(Thursday, March 4th)
Final Score: Edmonton 1, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Osgood made 31 saves, including one on a penalty shot, helping the St. Louis Blues skate to a 1-1 tie with the Edmonton Oilers at the Savvis Center.
Alex Khavanov scored the lone goal for St. Louis, which is winless in its last seven games (0-4-2-1).
Jussi Markkanen, in his return to the Oilers, finished with 27 saves. Raffi Torres scored the lone goal for Edmonton, which has registered at least a point in four straight games (2-0-1-1).
Markkanen, who spent his first two NHL seasons with Edmonton before going to the New York Rangers in a trade last summer, was re-acquired by the Oilers from the Rangers on Wednesday. Petr Nedved, who had an assist, was also part of the deal that sent collegiate prospect Dwight Helminen and minor league goaltender Stephen Valiquette to the Rangers.
The Blues made a trade on Thursday, acquiring forward Mike Sillinger from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Brent Johnson.
St. Louis and Edmonton are still on the outside of the Western Conference playoff race. The Blues are ninth and the Oilers are 10th, with just two points separating the two.
Osgood stopped seven shots in a scoreless first period, then came up with 15 saves in the second to keep the game tied.
"The last five games I've probably played better than I did at the start of the year, but I've got no wins," Osgood said. "It's kind of weird. I just try to stop it and let the guys do their thing."
At the 7:45 mark of the second, Ryan Smyth was awarded a penalty shot when St. Louis defenseman Chris Pronger threw his stick in an attempt to stop a breakaway. Smyth came down the slot on a penalty shot and tried to slip a backhander through the five-hole, but Osgood closed the pads.
"I had my move in my mind right away, but he followed me all the way and I didn't freeze him enough," said Smyth. "I was a little nervous, that being my first penalty shot."
Markkanen made 13 saves through two periods, but was finally beaten just 1:42 into the third.
Pavol Demitra fired a shot on goal from the right circle and Markkanen made the save, but the rebound caromed into the slot for a charging Khavanov, who slipped the puck past the netminder for his first goal of the season.
The Oilers finally solved Osgood at the 8:31 mark to tie it. Osgood stopped a close range shot by Radek Dvorak at the right post, but Dvorak gained control of the puck behind the net and sent a pass into the low right circle for Torres, who flipped a shot home for his 19th goal.
"Ozzie held the fort," Pronger said. "He held strong for us. When he's playing like that, we should win a lot of games."
St. Louis dominated the overtime, outshooting Edmonton 8-3.
St. Louis is 0-3-2 under new head coach Mike Kitchen...Khavanov was activated off injured reserve before the game. He had missed the previous 15 games with a bruised ankle and ended a 62-game goal drought...The Blues are 9-2-9 in overtime this season, while the Oilers are 5-2-11 in the extra period.
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