IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Blues
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the St. Louis Blues
The Edmonton Oilers face off against the St. Louis Blues tonight at Rexall Place.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (healthy), Belov (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
16:59: Blues carry the mail for the game's opening three minutes, outshooting Edmonton 5-1.
11:54: Shots reach 9-1 St. Louis before Oilers finally have a successful rush. Justin Schultz carries the puck deep into the Blues end and fires a shot on goal that's stopped by Elliott. The rebound by Eberle is also denied by the St. Louis netminder.
7:14: With 41 seconds left in the penalty, Chris Stewart teed up a blast from the point that beat a screened Ilya Brzygalov in front to give St. Louis the lead. | STL 1, EDM 0
1:05: Petry gets sent off for delay of game after clearing the puck over the glass, sending St. Louis back on the power play.
0.0: Blues outshot the Oilers 14-7 in the opening frame.
20:00: Period two is now underway.
19:10: RNH skates in all alone and tries to deke but Elliott makes a nice save, sliding over for the stop.
18:24: Oilers pull even when Yakupov's wrist shot from the left circle beats Elliott. The play was set up after Bouwmeester bobbled the puck at his own blueline. Perron jumped in and chipped it over to the Russian winger. | EDM 1, STL 1
17:42: Maxim Lapierre picked up the puck in the corner and drove to the net for a goal, only 42 seconds after the Oilers tied it up. | STL 2, EDM 1
14:50: Oilers bounce right back to tie the game once again. Mark Arcobello picked up a pass in front and hammered it past Elliott to make it 2-2. | EDM 2, STL 2
NHL remains firm, Blues disputed goal went in off of goalie in elbow area and fell in the net in a legal fashion. Agree after seeing slo-mo.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 8, 2014
10:30: Blues get their third man advantage of the evening after Ryan Jones receives two minutes for delay of game.
9:04: St. Louis strikes for their second power play goal. David Backes wires a shot from the left circle past Bryzgalov to make it a 3-2 game. | STL 3, EDM 2
6:03: Vladimir Tarasenko let a blast go from the top of the left faceoff circle right off the draw to double the Blues lead. | STL 4, EDM 2
0.0: After two, shots on goal are 24-15 for St. Louis.
20:00: Period three is now underway.
12:41: Shots are 2-0 in the period through the first seven minutes; Oilers announce that Ales Hemsky will not return.
2:23: Bryzgalov heads off early for the extra attacker as Oilers try and draw within a goal.
Ales Hemsky will not return to tonight's game for precautionary reasons. Expect an update from coach post-game.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 8, 2014
1:34: T.J. Oshie collides knee-on-knee with Taylor Hall and Oshie limps off to the dressing room with assistance. The injury time gives Eakins a chance to rally the troops for some strategy talk.
0:33: Berglund added an empty netter to ice the outcome.