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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Eric Brewer added to his former team's misery Saturday night.
Brewer, a former Oiler, scored 2:04 into overtime and the St. Louis Blues extended Edmonton's losing streak to a disheartening 10 games with a 3-2 victory.
Petr Cajanek and Jeff Woywitka also scored for the Blues.
Kyle Brodziak and Shawn Horcoff countered for Edmonton, which has been outscored 37-9 during their streak, which is one loss short of the club record. The Oilers' losing streak started the game before they traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders at the NHL trade deadline.
Injuries are a factor in Edmonton's misfortune, considering the club is missing 11 players. The news didn't get better Saturday, when the Oilers had just four defenseman for most of the game after an injury to Ladislav Smid.
"It has not been an easy time by any stretch of the imagination," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "I don't think any team could overcome the amount of injuries that we have had.
"When you have 11 guys out of your lineup what are you supposed to do? I've been reasonably satisfied with the way we've played positionally. I haven't been unhappy. So I'm not even close to slitting my throat."
That said, MacTavish didn't feel his team deserved the victory.
"We didn't play well," he said. "I was more forgiving of our effort the other night (a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday) than tonight.
"It was pretty shoddy at times. Dwayne Roloson played great in net and gave us the opportunity to win. But outside of that we didn't play very well."
Blues head coach Andy Murray agreed his team deserved the extra point.
"The Oilers being handicapped with the defense situation played its part, but I think we were the deserving winners," he said.
Blues assistant captain Doug Weight, another former Oiler, was glad to see his team finally come away with a win in its third straight overtime game.
"It was good to get four points out of six on this trip," he said. "We played pretty good and had some great chances, and (Roloson) played well.
"That team showed a lot of heart and obviously took us to overtime and we were fortunate to get a good bounce in overtime there."
Cajanek opened the scoring with just 2:20 left to go in the first period, blasting a shot past Roloson for his 13th goal of the season.
Edmonton made it 1-1 just 40 seconds later when Brodziak picked up a loose puck in front of the Blues goal and beat goalie Curtis Sanford with a shot through his legs for his first career NHL goal.
Woywitka's first career goal put the Blues back ahead 13 minutes into the second. Oiler rookie defenseman Brian Young's attempt to redirect a pass went right to a pinching Woywitka, who converted the miscue.
Edmonton tied it again halfway through the third as Horcoff scored the Oilers' first power-play goal in 32 attempts.
Notes: The Oilers had 11 players missing from their lineup, the Blues had seven players out for Saturday's game. ... The news got worse for the Oilers in the second when one of their five remaining defensemen, Ladislav Smid, left clutching his side and did not return. ... Horcoff returned from a bout with the flu to replace Joffrey Lupul, the latest Oiler felled by the bug. ... Petr Nedved's second stint with the Oilers has ended. Nedved, knocked out of the lineup earlier this month with a knee injury, has left town in a move agreed upon by both himself and the team. The 35-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. ... St. Louis rookie David Backes has really picked it up offensively since early February. In the 14 games before Saturday, he had eight goals and three assists. Prior to his hot streak, Backes had one career NHL goal in 22 games.
|Petr Cajanek (13) Snap shot - ASST: Barret Jackman (19), Radek Dvorak (25)|
1 - 0 STL
|Kyle Brodziak (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Winchester (5), Ladislav Smid (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Jeff Woywitka (1) Snap shot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (26)|
2 - 1 STL
|PPG - Shawn Horcoff (16) Snap shot - ASST: Petr Sykora (30), Toby Petersen (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Eric Brewer (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Jay McClement (22), David Backes (9)|
3 - 2 STL
|Jean-Francois Jacques Fighting (maj) against Matt Walker|
|Matt Walker Fighting (maj) against Jean-Francois Jacques|
|Roman Polak Boarding against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Petr Cajanek Interference against Raffi Torres|
|Ladislav Smid Holding against Brad Boyes|
|Jason Smith Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Brad Winchester Tripping against Christian Backman|
|Christian Backman Hooking against Brad Winchester|
|Barret Jackman Slashing against Patrick Thoresen|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Boarding against Jeff Woywitka|
|Radek Dvorak Interference against Shawn Horcoff|