|STL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
The Blues fired three shots on Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson before drawing penalties from Sheldon Souray and then Sam Gagner to earn the game's first powerplays. Although the visitors held an 8-3 shot lead upon the return of five-on-five, Roloson ensured the scoreless game extended to the period's midway point.
At that time, St. Louis' Barret Jackman was called for hooking and Edmonton's powerplay unit made its debut. Despite firing two shots during the man-advantage, the Oilers were unable to get one by Manny Legace.
The goaltending duel continued through a third Oilers penalty and eventually into the second period.
Three minutes into the second, the swarming Blues found a way to beat Roloson. After the Oilers goalie stopped a shot and followed the rebound as it flew off to his right, Jay McClement caught the puck, fired it along the goal-line, and watched Yan Stastny tip it in at the opposite side of the net.
After the goal, St. Louis and Edmonton traded penalties. Although neither club managed to score on their man-advantage, the Oilers crafted a trio of shorthanded scoring opportunities to energize their bench and fans.
One minute after Ladislav Smid left the penalty box, Gilbert Brule transfered that energy into a breakaway and his first goal (and point) as an Oiler. After receiving a feed from fresh call-up and former Springfield Falcons teammate Ryan Potulny, Brule accelerated up the slot and beat Legace with a high forehand to tie the game at one. Potulny's assist was also his first point in his first game as an Oiler.
Three penalties kept special teams on the ice for much of the rest of the frame. A period-closing hooking minor to Patrik Berglund helped Edmonton climb to within two shots of St. Louis and start the third with a one-minute man-advantage.
The Oilers assumed a 20-19 shot lead early in the third, but it would take 21 home shots for the club to take the lead where it counts. 6:31 into the third, Potulny and Erik Cole got the puck to Gagner near the top of a face-off circle. Gagner slapped the puck past Legace to put Edmonton up 2-1 and give Potulny his second assist of the game.
By the final five minutes of regulation, the Blues had yet to register a third-period attempt and struggled to break out of their own zone. Despite stalling offensively, Legace excelled to keep his club within one, including performing a highlight-worthy glove save to rob Cole of a goal.
Legace left the Blues net for the final 70 seconds, but six St. Louis skaters were unable to force extra time as Edmonton held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday night.
|Yan Stastny (3) ASST: Jay McClement (9), Roman Polak (10)|
1 - 0 STL
|Gilbert Brule (1) ASST: Ryan Potulny (1), Sam Gagner (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Sam Gagner (4) ASST: Erik Cole (9), Ryan Potulny (2)|
2 - 1 EDM
|Sheldon Souray Interference against T.J. Oshie|
|Sam Gagner Hooking against David Perron|
|Barret Jackman Hooking against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Steve MacIntyre Tripping against David Backes|
|B.J. Crombeen Slashing against Denis Grebeshkov|
|Ladislav Smid Roughing against Brad Boyes|
|Patrik Berglund Interference against Sam Gagner|
|Gilbert Brule Hooking against Barret Jackman|
|Patrik Berglund Hooking against Sam Gagner|
|Mike Weaver Hooking against Gilbert Brule|
|SA: 28||TOI: 58:41|
|Saves: 26||EV: 14 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .929||SH: 4 - 4|
|SA: 22||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 21||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .955||SH: 0 - 0|