Edmonton
Oilers
32-40-10
St. Louis
Blues
49-22-11

32 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
STL
game recap

Oilers fall 4-3 on three third-period goals

Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 5:20 PM

Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com

Three Stars of the Game
Alex Pietrangelo
1st
Alex Pietrangelo
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 26:54
Carlo Colaiacovo
2nd
Carlo Colaiacovo
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:53
Shawn Horcoff
3rd
Shawn Horcoff
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 21:16

The Oilers scored three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead, but St. Louis responded with three of their own in the final frame to defeat Edmonton 4-3 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday night.

Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in the loss, while Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ben Eager scored the goals.

FIRST PERIOD

St. Louis had the game's best scoring chance early on as Vladimir Sobotko drove to the net on a partial break. However, Colten Teubert was able to come back and knock the puck away before any damage could be done.

A minute later, Ales Hemsky took a high sticking penalty to put the Blues on the game's first power play. Hemsky collided with David Backes at the right faceoff circle in the Oilers zone and got the shaft of his stick up too high.

A turnover at the Oilers line during the penalty resulted in a two-on-one chance for Eric Belanger and Ryan Jones. Belanger fed the puck over to Jones whose shot was stopped by St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.

With 7:28 to play in the opening period, a skirmish erupted in front of the Oilers net. The result was David Perron getting sent off for roughing and Edmonton's first man advantage of the night.

The Blues were able to kill off the penalty and moments after its expiry, scored the game's first goal. Devan Dubnyk gave the puck away long the side boards to Chris Stewart. The Blues winger then fed it across the slot to Jamie Langenbrunner as Dubnyk tried to race back into position. Langenbrunner then threw it back to Stewart who put it into the yawning cage past a scrambling Oilers netminder.

After one period, shots on goal were 14 to 3 for St. Louis.

SECOND PERIOD

Two minutes into the period, Ben Eager took a two-minute penalty for charging after hammering Barrett Jackman while the Blues defenceman was looking the other way.

Halfway through the kill, Shawn Horcoff forced a turnover at the Oilers blueline and created a breakaway. He was denied by Halak on his deke attempt but was hooked just enough by Kevin Shattenkirk to result in a St. Louis penalty and abbreviated Oilers man advantage.

As the penalty neared its end, Horcoff found Eberle perched at the left circle. His shot beat Halak but rang off the right corner of the net where the post meets the crossbar.

On the next shift, the OIlers finally did connect to even the game at 1-1. Taylor Hall wristed it from the point past Halak for the tying marker.

15 seconds later, Ben Eager picked up the puck in the corner and put it on goal. It somehow found its way into the net past a fooled Halak to make it 2-1 for the visiting Oilers.

With 11:12 to play in the period, Roman Polak got two minutes for slashing Taylor Hall. The sophomore winger went down in a considerable amount of pain after Polak two-handed him right in the head.  

St. Louis did a good job killing the major, although with 15 seconds to go in the Polak penalty, the Blues got ticketed for a too many men penalty.

20 seconds into that minor, Jordan Eberle was spied by Sam Gagner at the left circle. He ripped a shot that beat Halak blocker side for a 3-1 Edmonton lead.

After being outshot 14 to 3 in the opening frame, the Eberle goal pushed the Oilers ahead of the Blues in shots -- 21 to 20 -- with six minutes to play in the period.

When the second period concluded, the shot count was 24 to 23. Edmonton had 21 shots that period.

THIRD PERIOD

17 seconds into the period, St. Louis had a chance to draw within one after Corey Potter took a delay-of-game penalty. Three seconds into that man advantage, Alex Pietrangelo teed one up past Dubnyk for the goal to make it a 3-2 game.

Moments after the goal, Taylor Hall took a roughing penalty and another Blues power play goal evened the game up at 3-3 before the period had hit the two-minute mark.

David Backes redirected a feed from David Perron that just squeeked over the line for the tying marker.

St. Louis regained the lead with 11:01 to play in the third. Matt D'Agostini carried the puck behind the net around to the top of the left faceoff circle where his shot hit the back of the net and bounced out, giving the Blues a 4-3 advantage.

The Oilers pushed for the equalizer late but could not even the score. Final shot count was 37 to 32 for St. Louis.  

scoring summary
1st Period
14:42
STL
Chris Stewart (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (12)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
05:12
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (11), Ryan Jones (8)
1 - 1 Tie
05:27
EDM
Ben Eager (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy Sutton (4)
2 - 1 EDM
13:54
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (14)
3 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
00:20
STL
PPG - Alex Pietrangelo (6) Slapshot - ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (11), David Backes (16)
3 - 2 EDM
01:48
STL
PPG - David Backes (12) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (9), Carlo Colaiacovo (12)
3 - 3 Tie
08:59
STL
Matt D'Agostini (9) Wrist shot - ASST: T.J. Oshie (13), Carlo Colaiacovo (13)
4 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:17
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hi-sticking against  David Backes
12:32
STL
David Perron  Roughing against  Devan Dubnyk
16:39
EDM
Anton Lander  Hooking against  Vladimir Sobotka
19:18
STL
T.J. Oshie  Slashing against  Shawn Horcoff
19:18
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Roughing against  T.J. Oshie
2nd Period
02:01
EDM
Ben Eager  Charging against  Barret Jackman
03:18
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
05:52
EDM
Theo Peckham  Holding against  David Perron
08:48
STL
Roman Polak  Game misconduct against  Taylor Hall
08:48
STL
Roman Polak  Slashing (maj) against  Taylor Hall
13:33
STL
Chris Stewart  Too many men/ice - bench
15:22
STL
David Perron  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Smyth
3rd Period
00:17
EDM
Corey Potter  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
00:52
EDM
Taylor Hall  Roughing against  T.J. Oshie
02:35
STL
Jamie Langenbrunner  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
02:35
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Jamie Langenbrunner
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 37TOI: 58:58
Saves: 33EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .892SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
9-7-5
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 16
SV%: .906SH: 2 - 2