NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at St. Louis
(Thursday, March 29th)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Edmonton 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Doug Weight recorded a goal and an assist and Barret Jackman had three assists as St. Louis defeated Edmonton, 5-2.
Peter Sejna, Lee Stempniak, Jay McClement and Petr Cajanek also scored and Jason Bacashihua finished with 16 saves for the Blues, who halted a brief two- game skid.
Ales Hemsky and Mathieu Roy found the back of the net and Jussi Markkanen ended with 37 saves for the Oilers, who have dropped three in a row and 15 of 16.
With the score tied 2-2 at the end of the first period, Stempniak fired a wrister past Markkanen midway through the second period to put St. Louis in front.
Then, with just under four minutes left before the second intermission, McClement scored off a 2-on-1 break with Weight to give St. Louis a two-goal advantage.
Edmonton could only muster a total of eight shots through the last two periods and couldn't get anything past Bacashihua.
With time running out in the third, the Oilers pulled Markkanen for the extra attacker, but Cajanek netted the empty-netter with 30 seconds remaining to ice the game.
"We came out and we couldn't make a play early to guys in white sweaters," said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. "We were finding the Blues sweaters in the neutral zone early and turning the pucks over. Everything was just so forced and so tight. There was no fluidity to our game."
St. Louis struck 3:44 into the first period when a streaking Weight beat Markkanen with a wrister from the right circle. The Blues made it 2-0 at the 9:45 mark as Ryan Johnson rifled a shot that went over the Edmonton net and back in front, where Sejna stuffed it home.
The Oilers answered back as Hemsky skated in alone on Bacashihua and fired a shot past the sprawled netminder to cut Edmonton's deficit in half. Roy then made it 2-2 with 3:49 left in the first.
"We know Edmonton is a team that comes out and plays hard no matter what the situation," said Jackman. "We got up on them early with two goals, and they really responded at four on four and came back."
Shawn Horcoff finished with two assists for the Oilers...Both teams came up empty on the power play, as Edmonton went 0-for-3 and St. Louis squandered its only opportunity.
03/29 23:49:00 ET