NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Edmonton
(Thursday, November 16th)
Final Score: Edmonton 6, St. Louis 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Bergeron scored two goals and Ales Hemsky added three assists to lead Edmonton over St. Louis, 6-2, at Rexall Place.
Ryan Smyth, Marty Reasoner, Joffrey Lupul and Fernando Pisani also tallied goals for the Oilers, who wrapped up a five-game road trip following Monday's 2-1 win at Colorado.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 25-of-27 shots in the victory.
Keith Tkachuk and Ryan Johnson scored the goals for the Blues, who have lost two in a row after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Calgary on Tuesday.
Manny Legace and Jason Bacashihua split time between the pipes in the loss. Legace was pulled at 1:18 in the second period, allowing four goals on just 15 shots while Bacashihua made 13 saves.
The only bright spot for St. Louis came before the contest, as forward Doug Weight was honored prior to playing in his 1,000th NHL regular-season game. Weight then took the ice to battle the team where he established himself as an NHL star. Weight played for Edmonton from 1993-2001.
The Oilers jumped out to an early lead, tallying all three first-period goals.
The first came just 2:07 after the opening faceoff, as Petr Sykora took control of the puck behind the net. The crafty winger then dished to Smyth on the right side, and Smyth's wrist shot just barely beat Legace for the 1-0 lead.
The Oilers struck again at the 8:30 mark. Legace stopped a shot by Lupul, who was camped in front of the crease. Patrick Thoresen then gained possession and carried the puck behind the net before throwing it back to Reasoner, who beat the Blues netminder on the blocker side.
A five-on-three advantage led to the final score of the stanza. Legace made a save in traffic but was screened by Smyth, who was shoved through the crease just as Bergeron unleased a slap shot from the high point. The netminder never saw the puck, which hit the twine with 7:52 remaining in the first.
The offensive outburst continued into the second frame.
On a man advantage, Lupul corraled the puck in the corner, charged in and stuffed it past Legace to give Edmonton a four-goal lead. The score also brought an end to Legace's night as he was pulled in favor of Bacashihua.
Nearly six minutes later the Blues finally scratched the scoreboard. Tkachuk intercepted a pass and then broke in all alone on Roloson before deking him out on the backhand shot to make it a 4-1 game.
Bergeron scored his second of the contest at 10:39 with the Oilers on the power play. He one-timed a pass from the right circle that squeezed inside the right post behind the netminder. The pass came off the stick of Hemsky, who has 12 assists on the season.
The Blues once again made it a three-goal game to open the third, as Johnson's snap shot from the right circle beat Roloson. The tally followed a fight between Jamal Mayers and Brad Winchester. Both players dropped the gloves just two seconds in, and Winchester knocked Mayers to the ice to finish off the skirmish.
The Oilers tallied their final score on the power play with 8:38 remaining, as Pisani skated in front of the net and threw a wrister up high on Bacashihua to make it a 6-2 game.
Edmonton was 4-for-10 on the power play, while St. Louis finished 0- for-3...The official attendance was 16,839, the Oilers' 9th sellout of the season...Edmonton hosts Detroit on Saturday...St. Louis travels to Calgary on Tuesday.
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