The Oilers are still riding the celebration high after their 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.
Unable to produce a win against the Blues at Rexall Place since October 30, 2011, Edmonton finally snapped the six-game losing streak at home against them, closing out the season series with a 1-2-0 record.
Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who played his third game since being activated from the Injured Reserve list on March 11, produced two of the six goals.
“I think as the games go on here I’m starting to get my timing back a little bit,” said the centre. “The legs have felt pretty good throughout the three games, but timing definitely takes a little bit to get back and your hands come with that, so yesterday for the first full game I felt confident in myself.”
On January 18, the forward blocked a shot with his glove, injuring his hand during the second period of the Oilers 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Prior to sustaining his injury, the 22-year-old had appeared in 46 games with the Oilers this season, registering 30 points (8G, 22A) and 14 penalty minutes.
The Blues, trying to recover from their 7-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night, were looking to regain their footing and secure a win until the Oilers stopped them in their tracks. Like Nugent-Hopkins’ feelings about his game, the team is feeling good about the win.
“It’s definitely a good confidence boost,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “That’s a team that we’ve struggled against in the past and this year. They’re probably the best that we’ve seen them too…to get a win against a team like that is definitely nice and gives us some confidence going into these last nine [games].”