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Oilers halt two-game losing streak with 2-1 victory over Blues

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EDMONTON - Sam Gagner scored the game winner and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Gilbert Brule also scored for the Oilers (20-18-3) who moved two points out of a playoff position and back over .500 at home at 9-8-3.

Yan Stastny replied for the West Division-trailing Blues (16-22-3) who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end and have now lost 11 of their last 15.

There was no scoring in a rather uneventful first period with St. Louis putting 10 shots on Dwayne Roloson in the Edmonton net and the Oilers sending nine shots at Blues starter Manny Legace.

St. Louis broke the deadlock three minutes into the first period as Jay McClement swung out from behind the net and chipped a shot over Roloson's pad to Stastny who had an easy tap in to give the Blues the 1-0 advantage.

Edmonton came back to tie it up eight minutes later as newcomer Ryan Potulny sprung Brule on a breakaway with a long pass and the Edmonton native made the most of it, deking Legace before beating him glove-side for his first of the season. It was also Brule's first point as an Oiler since coming to the team in an off-season deal with Columbus.

Edmonton took the lead for good six and a half minutes into the third period after some persistent forechecking paid off when Erik Cole sent a pass back to Gagner just shy of the point and he blew a slapshot past Legace for just his fourth of the season.

The Blues did not register their first shot of the third period until there was under four minutes left to play.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday with Edmonton beginning a three-game trip in Washington and the Blues playing in Calgary.

Notes: With Zach Stortini going down with a left leg injury in Edmonton's last game against San Jose, the Oilers made a call to the farm to bring up Ryan Potulny from Springfield of the American Hockey League. Potulny leads the Falcons in goals (17) and points (31) this season and earned his first NHL point of the season with a second period assist and got another helper in the third. . . . Oilers leading scorer Ales Hemsky sat out his seventh straight game with post-concussion symptoms but the club did have some good news as Sheldon Souray returned to the lineup after leaving Friday's game in the second period with an upper-body injury. . . . St. Louis had its usual parade of players out for the game as Paul Kariya (hip), Eric Brewer (herniated disc), Andy McDonald (fractured leg), Jay McKee (broken finger) and D.J. King (shoulder) were all absent.

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