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Gagner, Nilsson score in shootout to lift Oilers past Blues 2-1

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ST. LOUIS - 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 over the Blues on Thursday night.

Gagner ended the shootout with a goal on his first attempt of the season.

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

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

Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff and Tom Gilbert did not play in the third period after sustaining lower-body injuries in the second.

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

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

The Blues had two power-lay 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.

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

Notes: . 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. ... 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.

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