Under the Scope: Oilers vs Blues

An in-depth look at the Oilers' 3-0 shutout loss against the Blues

Sunday, 24.03.2013 / 1:34 AM
Ryan Frankson  - edmontonoilers.com

GAME SUMMARY

The St. Louis Blues got goals from Chris Stewart, Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie as well as 19 saves Jaroslav Halak as they blanked the Oilers 3-0 on Saturday night at Rexall Place. Edmonton concluded their four-game homestand with one of everything, getting a win over Nashville, a loss to St. Louis, a shootout loss to San Jose and an overtime loss to Detroit.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

THE TURNING POINT

With the Blues up 1-0 in the middle frame, the Oilers got a power play on a David Perron interference penalty, but their man advantage was cut short after they took a too many men on the ice penalty, killing the momentum they built.

PLAY OF THE GAME

St. Louis scored an insurance marker 11:09 into the third period, and it was their prettiest goal of the night, as Andy McDonald fired a perfect pass to a streaking T.J. Oshie in front of the net. Oshie corralled the puck and deked backhand for the goal.

THE MVP

Alex Steen was the most productive player for the Blues on Saturday, scoring once with his sixth goal of the year and chipping in with an assist. Steen also led the team in shots on goal with five and mixed in a blocked shot.

THE UNSUNG HERO

Blues captain David Backes didn't get on the scoresheet, but he finished the game with a +2 rating, led the team in hits with five and had the best faceoff percentage, going 8-for-13.

STAT OF THE DAY

Heading into Saturday's game, Oilers 40-year-old veteran netminder Nikolai Khabibulin had a perfectly even career record with 330 wins and 330 losses. The Russian also had 58 career ties and 38 overtime/shootout losses.

THEY SAID IT

"They pushed us around and we didn't react the way we should have. It's not good for us and not good for our fans."

– Oilers winger Taylor Hall

LOOKING AHEAD

With their four-game homestand now complete, the Oilers head back out on the road for a pair, flying to Nashville on Sunday, playing the Predators on Monday at 6:00pm, jetting to St. Louis to play the Blues again on Tuesday at 6:00pm and returning back to Edmonton on Wednesday. The Oilers next home game is Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

DAILY DIGITS

7 – Hits for Jeff Petry to give the defenceman 78 on the season, putting him among the league leaders

5 – Blocked shots for Ladislav Smid to give him 86 on the year as he ranks among the top five shot-blockers in the NHL

5 – Points for Alex Steen in his last four games

3 – Minor penalties for David Perron, accounting for all six of the Blues' penalty minutes on Saturday

3 – Rating for Blues defencemen Kris Russell and Roman Polak, who were on the ice for all three goals

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