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Oilers snipers stymied by Blues goalie, lose 5-0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers snipers stymied by Blues goalie, lose 5-0
St. Louis Blues 5, Edmonton Oilers 0

In one of those rare contests in which shots and goals tell two totally different stories, the Oilers out-shot the Blues 39-22 but were shutout 5-0 Friday night. In only his eighth career NHL game and third start of the season, big Blues goaltender Ben Bishop stole the show by keeping the Oilers off the board.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

Two minutes after opening puck drop, the Blues lit the lamp. Devan Dubnyk stopped Patrik Berglund's initial shot, but he couldn't keep Chris Stewart from lifting the rebound top shelf, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Despite trailing by a goal, Edmonton maintained a slim shot lead as the period progressed.

Near the 16-minute mark, Ales Hemsky clipped Barret Jackman in the face with his stick, drawing blood and a double minor for high-sticking. Exactly midway through the four-minute infraction, Berglund deflected Alex Steen's point shot past Dubnyk to double the Blues lead.

The Oilers soon got a chance for power-play revenge, however, as Roman Polak was called for holding only 19 seconds later. Edmonton added two shots to its tally, for a period total of 13, but St. Louis stopper Bishop turned them all away to push his club's 2-0 lead into the middle frame.

SECOND PERIOD

Edmonton aggressively pursued a goal early in the second period, but a cross-checking minor to Shawn Horcoff stalled their efforts. With 15 seconds remaining in the infraction, Stewart slipped the puck five-hole for his second goal of the game and a 3-0 Blues lead.

The Oilers cracked 20 shots near the game's midway point but still couldn't crack Bishop. At 14:45, Jean-Francois Jacques and BJ Crombeen started a shoving match in the Blues crease, prompting a player pile-up and coincidental roughing minors.

Shortly after those penalties expired, Jordan Eberle followed in Hemsky's unfortunate footsteps by getting his stick up on TJ Oshie for another double high-sticking minor. The Oilers outlasted the clock and carried 1:36 of penalty kill and a three-goal deficit into the third period.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers got two shorthanded shots on Bishop without allowing a single power-play attempt in the first minutes of the third. By the seven-minute mark, the club had registered 33 shots compared to the Blues' 19.

Edmonton's frustrations came to a head as time continued to tick down. A mid-ice hit from Colin Fraser on Kevin Shattenkirk triggered another group altercation at 10:53, and the resulting infractions consisted of a cross-checking minor to Fraser, slashing minor to Shattenkirk, and 10-minute misconduct for Theo Peckham, who was among the players to join the fray.

The Oilers nearly doubled the Blues in shots after the penalties were assessed, but the advantage continued to have little effect on the score. At 15:59, Polak snapped home St. Louis' fourth goal of the game, and two minutes later, Matt D'Agostini slipped a fifth past Dubnyk.

At that point, veteran defenceman Jason Strudwick gave fans something to cheer about by dropping his gloves with Cam Janssen at center ice.

The spirited scrap couldn't improve the score, however, and the Oilers suffered a 5-0 shutout loss Friday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:07
STL
Chris Stewart (18) ASST: Patrik Berglund (24), Roman Polak (5)
1 - 0 STL
17:48
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (17) ASST: Alexander Steen (29), Carlo Colaiacovo (15)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
04:19
STL
PPG - Chris Stewart (19) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
15:59
STL
Roman Polak (2) ASST: Brad Boyes (29), Barret Jackman (12)
4 - 0 STL
17:53
STL
Matt D'Agostini (13) ASST: Cam Janssen (1), Andy McDonald (18)
5 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
15:48
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hi stick - double minor against  Barret Jackman
18:07
STL
Roman Polak  Holding against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
02:34
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Cross checking against  T.J. Oshie
14:45
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Roughing against  B.J. Crombeen
14:45
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
17:37
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hi stick - double minor against  T.J. Oshie
3rd Period
10:53
EDM
Theo Peckham  Misconduct
10:53
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Slashing against  Colin Fraser
10:53
EDM
Colin Fraser  Cross checking against  Kevin Shattenkirk
12:48
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
18:00
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting against  Jason Strudwick
18:00
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Fighting against  Cam Janssen
goalie stats
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
2-1-0
SA: 39TOI: 59:54
Saves: 39EV: 32 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .773SH: 0 - 0