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Oilers overwhelmed by Blues 7-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers overwhelmed by Blues 7-2
St. Louis Blues 7, Edmonton Oilers 2

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

The Oilers were in decent shape with a 2-2 tie and commanding shot lead by the midway point of the second period, but like in Saturday's loss to Washington, the team lost their grip in the latter half. St. Louis posted five unanswered goals, including four on the powerplay, to beat the Oilers 7-2 Monday night.

Sam Gagner and Dustin Penner scored Edmonton's goals, while rookie goalie Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves in his first NHL start.

FIRST PERIOD

Making his first career NHL start, Devan Dubnyk watched his club test Chris Mason with two shots before he was challenged with the puck at the opposite end of the ice. A hooking minor to Robert Nilsson then helped the Blues tally another shot, but the rookie goalie turned it away to keep the opening goal off the clock.

But a minute after the return of five-on-five, David Perron lit the lamp. While stationed in Dubnyk's crease, Perron caught Patrik Berglund's behind-the-net pass and redirected it into the net to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

At the period's midway point, Edmonton evened it up. Although Andrew Cogliano couldn't get the puck past Mason on his partial breakaway, Sam Gagner was right behind him and tapped home the rebound to make it 1-1.

The Oilers maintained a confident shot lead through the rest of the frame, but Mason turned away the extra attempts to push the tied game into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

Edmonton dominated the first minutes of the second to take a 15-5 shot lead. At 3:28, Zack Stortini added some toughness to the firepower by participating in a short fight with B.J. Crombeen.

With both players serving fighting majors, the Blues went on the attack and got their second goal of the night. From the top of Dubnyk's crease, Andy McDonald slid the puck under the goalie to renew the Blues' lead.

After the first fight sparked St. Louis, Edmonton's Jean-Francois Jacques hoped a second fight would do the same for his team and he went toe-to-toe with Brad Winchester near the penalty boxes.

It took only 40 seconds for the tactic to pay off. With the four fighters watching from the penalty boxes, Dustin Penner fired from deep in the Blues zone and sunk a sharp-angle shot to tie the game at two.

The Blues benefited from their second powerplay with less than seven minutes on the clock, and the advantage resulted in the game's first powerplay goal -- but not by the usual means. Although Brad Boyes saw his shot fly through the crease, Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid accidentally tapped it past Dubnyk to gift St. Louis another lead.

Unfortunately for the Oil, the goals kept coming for the other side. With Lubomir Visnovsky serving a hooking minor, Berglund caught a piece of Paul Kariya's slapshot to put the visitors up 4-2. Then 39 seconds later, Jay McClement lifted the puck above Dubnyk to make it 5-2.

As a result of the three-goal comeback, the Oilers found themselves up five shots but down three goals after 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

Edmonton's penalty woes continued early in the third, and the Blues capitalized for the third time. From the right point, McDonald wired the puck through traffic to increase the visitors' cushion to four goals.

The Oilers and Blues stayed even on the shot clock as the game wound down, but before time expired, Alex Steen added another powerplay goal to St. Louis' tally, making it 7-2.

The five-goal comeback, including four on the powerplay, sealed Edmonton's fourth consecutive loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:04
STL
David Perron (10) ASST: Patrik Berglund (4), B.J. Crombeen (5)
1 - 0 STL
09:40
EDM
Sam Gagner (8) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:52
STL
Andy McDonald (8) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (11), Barret Jackman (7)
2 - 1 STL
05:18
EDM
Dustin Penner (19) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (8)
2 - 2 Tie
13:29
STL
PPG - Brad Boyes (9) ASST: Alexander Steen (4)
3 - 2 STL
16:29
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (4) ASST: Paul Kariya (11), T.J. Oshie (12)
4 - 2 STL
17:08
STL
Jay McClement (6) ASST: Alexander Steen (5), Mike Weaver (3)
5 - 2 STL
3rd Period
02:01
STL
PPG - Andy McDonald (9) ASST: Brad Boyes (15), Alexander Steen (6)
6 - 2 STL
16:01
STL
PPG - Alexander Steen (3) ASST: Darryl Sydor (6), Brad Winchester (3)
7 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:01
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Hooking against  Barret Jackman
07:16
STL
Jay McClement  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
02:28
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
02:28
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
04:28
STL
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
04:28
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
13:21
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
15:02
EDM
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
18:32
STL
Erik Johnson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:20
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
05:34
STL
Alexander Steen  Tripping against  Patrick O'Sullivan
14:56
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Cross checking against  T.J. Oshie
19:04
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Fighting (maj) against  Darryl Sydor
19:04
STL
Darryl Sydor  Fighting (maj) against  Ethan Moreau
goalie stats
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
10-10-4
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 8
SV%: .731SH: 0 - 0