The Edmonton Oilers are still alive for a playoff spot in the Western Conference and have a rookie to thank for it.
Paced by the solid play of first-year center Andrew Cogliano, the Oilers look for a third consecutive victory when they host the struggling St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
|Andrew Cogliano scored in overtime for the second straight game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Cogliano, the club's first pick in the 2005 NHL draft, scored in overtime for the second straight game Sunday, giving the Oilers (33-31-5) a 6-5 win at Chicago. He had the game-winner 1:53 into the extra period of a 2-1 victory at Columbus on Friday.
"He's made two great plays in back-to-backs," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish of Cogliano, who has 15 goals and 22 assists in 69 games this season. "The 4-on-4 is just made for his game. He gets the puck, just takes off and makes the play."
Cogliano, who recorded his first career two-goal game Sunday, has six and three assists in his last seven contests for the Oilers, who are 6-1-0 since losing three in a row. Cogliano, however, has been held without a point in three games against St. Louis in 2007-08.
Edmonton is nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and is looking to make a desperate push for the postseason in its final 13 games.
On Sunday, Robert Nilsson added a goal and an assist, while Mathieu Garon stopped 33 shots for the Oilers, who recorded their league-leading 17th win in games that have gone to overtime or a shootout.
Two of those victories have come against St. Louis (29-30-10).
After losing 4-3 at home to the Blues on Dec. 7, the Oilers won the last two meetings - both in St. Louis - 5-4 in a shootout on Dec. 11 and 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 2.
Edmonton's Dustin Penner, who scored a power-play goal Sunday, had two goals - including the game-winner - in the most recent meeting with the Blues, and has three and an assist versus them this season.
St. Louis, which looks for a third straight victory at Edmonton as it plays the fourth on a season-high nine-game road trip, dropped its third consecutive contest, 7-3 at Calgary on Monday night.
The Blues, who own the second-worst record in the West, have lost nine of 10 games and are on the verge of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.
"It's frustrating, we had such a great start and we've been pretty much (giving) it away in the last two months," said St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace, who was pulled in his 300th career game after allowing three goals on the first 11 shots he faced Monday.
Legace, who has made 27 straight starts, is 5-2-0 with a tie and a 2.65 goals-against average in his career versus Edmonton. He did not earn a decision when he left after one period due to a head injury in his only start this season against the Oilers in January.
Brad Boyes scored two goals for the second straight game Monday after going without one in his previous eight contests. Boyes, who has a team-leading 36 goals, has three and two assists against the Oilers in 2007-08.