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Oilers 2, Blues 1, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:23 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 2, Blues 1, SO
Edmonton Oilers 2, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers got the two points they needed.

Robert Nilsson and Sam Gagner scored in a shootout for Edmonton, and Dwayne Roloson stopped both St. Louis attempts in the Oilers' 2-1 victory Thursday night.

Gagner ended the shootout with a goal on his first attempt of the season, giving the Oilers a full two points in the standings.

Edmonton snapped a two-game losing streak with its third victory of the season against the Blues and sixth straight in the series.

"I thought we played a gritty game," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was an important win. We were starting to slide the other way."

Sheldon Souray opened the scoring late in the second period for Edmonton, and Jay McClement tied it with a short-handed goal early in the third.

Roloson stopped T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes in the shootout.

"I was just trying to be patient," Roloson said. "I stayed with them and made the plays."

Gagner beat Chris Mason with a wrist shot in the tiebreaker.

"There are a lot of moves you can use," Gagner said. "I was just trying to get him moving and it worked out well."

In the second period, Souray took a drop pass from Nilsson and whistled a wrist shot over Mason for his 13th goal of the season. It was Souray's first goal since Jan. 3 against Dallas.

"We battled for a point," Mason said. "I'd like to be a little more patient in the shootout. I think I'm flinching a half-second too early."

The Blues had two power-play opportunities in the second, but failed to score.

St. Louis finally got on the board at 5:29 of the third. With Boyes in the penalty box for interference, McClement beat Roloson high on the stick side for his eighth goal of the season. McClement has four goals in his last four games.

The short-handed goal was just the fifth for the Blues this season. They had only three short-handed goals last season.

"We had our chances but they had their chances too," McClement said. "Mason bailed us out a few times. We can't be leaving our goaltenders out to dry there."

Edmonton improved to 3-2 in shootouts, with all of the wins coming on the road. St. Louis dropped to 5-4 in shootouts.

Notes: Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff and Gilbert did not play in the third period after sustaining lower-body injuries in the second. ... Mason had the best goal-against average (1.71) and save percentage (.942) of any goalie in January. He was 3-3 during the month. ... Blues C Patrik Berglund sustained a lower-body injury early in the third period. ... Edmonton D Lubomir Visnovsky, fourth on the team with 31 points, was placed on injured reserve after dislocating his right shoulder Tuesday night against Chicago. ... Edmonton is 15-0-1 when leading after two periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
16:46
EDM
Sheldon Souray (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Robert Nilsson (11), Kyle Brodziak (6)
1 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
05:29
STL
SHG - Jay McClement (8) Snap shot - ASST: Dan Hinote (2), Mike Weaver (5)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSTLEDMTOTAL
1T. Oshie
R. Nilsson
0 - 1
2B. Boyes
S. Gagner
0 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
00:30
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  B.J. Crombeen
07:37
STL
David Perron  Holding against  Steve Staios
13:03
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
13:03
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
16:52
EDM
Kyle Brodziak  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
2nd Period
00:57
STL
David Backes  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
06:52
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Hi-sticking against  Brad Boyes
17:24
EDM
Zack Stortini  Hi-sticking against  Jay McKee
3rd Period
05:19
STL
Brad Boyes  Cross checking against  Steve Staios
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 23TOI: 64:58
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0