Edmonton forward Marty Reasoner scored with 38.2 seconds left to make it a 4-3 game.
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St. Louis took the game's first penalty when Jay McClement was sent of for hooking three minutes in.
At the end of the penalty, McClement broke in alone on Garon and attempted to backhand it over the Oilers netminder but the puck went wide.
On the next shift, Shawn Horcoff's shot from the right circle rang off the post behind Blues netminder Hannu Toivonen.
10:40 into the opening period, Brad Boyes picked up the puck in the slot, spun around and fired it high past Garon to open the scoring, giving St. Louis at 1-0 lead.
Edmonton almost tied the game with five minutes to go in the first. Tom Gilbert's initial shot was stopped by Toivonen and Gagner was at the top of the crease to put the rebound past the St. Louis netminder. He then stopped Gagner's rebound but the Oilers rookie couldn't make a second attempt because the blade of his stick broke off.
With 1:19 to go in the period, Hemsky dished the puck over to Horcoffat the right circle and he one-timed it past Toivonen to tie the game at 1-1.
Edmonton almost scored again with 20 seconds to go in the first. Reasoner redirected a Gilbert point shot and Toivonen had to be sharp to make the pad save.
Shots on goal after one period were 14-6 for Edmonton.
A minute into the second period, Mathieu Garon used his trapper to hold the stick of a Blues player during a scramble in front of the Oilers net. As a result, he received a two minute penalty.
Edmonton went back on the power play a couple minutes later after Eric Brewer was sent off for holding.
On the ensuing power play, Robert Nilsson spun around in the crease in an attempt to slip the puck past Toivonen. Cogliano jammed at it as well but the Oilers couldn't solve the Blues goaltender.
After two periods, Edmonton's lead in shots was narrowed, 19-18 over St. Louis.
38 seconds into the period, Doug Weight took a penalty for St. Louis, putting Edmonton on the power play with a chance to take the lead.
After killing off the penalty, St. Louis started to press for the go-ahead goal. Gilbert took a high sticking minor to put the Blues up a man.
22 seconds into the man advantage, Erik Johnson fed Boyes for a one-timer at the left circle, beating Garon to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead.
54 seconds after the go-ahead goal, Doug Weight scored his first of the season versus his old team to increase the lead to 3-1.
With less than eight minutes to play in the third, Edmonton's Robert Nilsson scored to narrow the gap to one goal. Gagner threaded a beautiful pass across the slot to Nilsson who one-timed it past Toivonen for the goal.
A minute later, Reasoner almost tied the game up. Penner's shot from the side boards was tipped by Reasoner on its way to the net. Toivonen made the initial save and then extended his left leg out to stop Reasoner on the rebound.
On the next shift, Paul Kariya took a pass from Keith Tkachuk and slipped the puck past Garon to regain the Blues' two-goal edge.
With 38.2 seconds left, Reasoner had another chance and this time he buried it. Horcoff picked up the puck behind the net, spun and threw it to Reasoner at the top of teh crease. He one-timed it through the legs of Toivonen for the goal.
With a flurry of actiivity in the final seconds, the Oilers hit the post in a desperation attempt to tie the game but could not even it up.
NOTES: Horcoff's goal extended his scoring streak to six games... Prior to the game, the Oilers announced that Sam Gagner will be staying with the Oilers and not joining Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships... With Raffi Torres being a healthy scratch, his streak of 215 consecutive games played came to an end. The streak started February 21, 2004 and was the 15th longest in Oilers history.
Shawn Horcoff scores to tie the game at 1-1 late in the first period.
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