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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blues

An in-depth look at Edmonton's 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 29.02.2012 / 11:03 PM / Cenovus Game Story
By Travis Knee  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blues


The Oilers came in having won three of the last four but ran into a hot Blues team that has been playing great hockey of late. The Oilers dug themselves a 3-0 hole but tried to battle back, making it 3-2 before the end of the second period.

The comeback was not to be though, as an early third period powerplay goal by St. Louis sent them on their way to a 5-2 victory.


All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

The Oilers would get down early in this one, trailing the Blues 3-0 in the second period. Edmonton would fight back however, making it 3-2 after two periods. The momentum was short lived unfortunately, as St. Louis would score early on the powerplay in the third to go up 4-2. The Blues would go on to win this one 5-2.


46 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 22 of 48 draws.
1 Nick Schultz record up a point in his first game as an Oiler tonight. Schultz would pick up an assist on the Nugent-Hopkins goal.
29 The loss tonight keeps the Oilers in 29th spot overall in the NHL with 56 points. A win would have jumped them past Montreal for 28th.
 


Andy Mcdonald
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +1 2


Kevin Shattenkirk
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +3 5



Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 -2 4



 
BLUES
Jaroslav Halak
SA SV GA TOI SV%
24 22 2 60:00 .917

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
19 16 3 27:34 .842



 
 BLUES
  Alex Pietrangelo- D

23:07 - 1 PTS, -1 rating

OILERS
  Jeff Petry- D

25:16 - 0 PTS, E rating

After killing off an extended Blues powerplay late in the second period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would finish off a slick play to cut the lead to 3-2. Taylor Hall would win a battle in the St. Louis zone and send a perfect pass across to Nugent-Hopkins who made no mistake beating Halak.

WATCH THE GOAL

The Blues Andy Mcdonald has struggled with his share of injuries this season, but he was in the lineup and on his game tonight. Mcdonald opened the scoring 59 seconds into this one and would later put the Blues up 3-0 with his second of the game.


Although the Oiles didn't come out with the win in tonight's game, Taylor Hall was impressive in the loss. Hall used his speed all night to give the Blues defence core fits. He had a number of great chances to score and found his way onto the scoresheet with an assist on Nugent-Hopkins' goal.

Tonight's game took a moment to congratulate Ryan Smyth on reaching 800 career points. Of course a majority of those points came in an Oilers uniform and is quite the acomplishment for any NHL player.



"He didn't look like a newcomer. He'll be a good addition."

-- Tom Renney on the Oilers new defenceman, Nick Schultz.




Friday, March 2  vs. Dallas
  7:30pm MST (TSN / 630 CHED)

The Oilers remain at Rexall Place for a tilt with the Dallas Stars on Friday night. It will be the third meeting of the season between the clubs with the Stars having both other games at home in Dallas, 4-1. The game can be seen live on TSN.