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GAME STORY: Blues 8, Oilers 3

The Oilers couldn't overcome a fast start by St. Louis en route to their third straight setback

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO -- A pair of goals early on set the Oilers back on Tuesday night in St. Louis and they could never recover, ultimately dropping an 8-3 decision. The Oilers goals were scored by Darnell Nurse, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, all in the third period, while Laurent Brossoit allowed six goals on 37 shots in relief of Cam Talbot. 

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"That game's indefensible on my behalf," said a fuming Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after the defeat. "In every facet of the game, we were second. It wasn't even close. Very, very concerned obviously at the way some individuals played tonight -- many of them."

It only took the Blues three minutes, 13 seconds to get on the scoreboard as the Oilers surrendered a goal on their first shot against for the second game in a row. 

Vladimir Tarasenko wristed a shot from the slot that deflected in off Adam Larsson to put St. Louis in front 1-0. 

St. Louis extended its lead to 2-0 after Dmitrij Jaskin spun and fired the puck off the side boards. The puck somehow found its way up and over Talbot. After the goal, Brossoit replaced Talbot in net. Talbot had allowed two goals on three shots before being pulled.

"Yes," said McLellan when asked if Talbot didn't help the team by allowing two goals on three shots early on. "But he didn't put us (five) deep and that's what we ended up with at the end of the night. He needs to be better to start with, but the group needs to be better around him as well."

Shots on goal after 20 minutes were 13-7 for the Blues. 

Four minutes into the middle frame, Jaden Schwartz jumped on a rebound and put it glove side on Brossoit to put the home side up by three.

Oilers had a near goal on a grade A scoring chance but couldn't convert on an open net on the rush when McDavid centred a pass to Pat Maroon. And at the other end of the ice at the same time, Matt Benning and Vladimir Tarasenko dropped the gloves for a fight with the Russian winger coming to the defence of teammate Brayden Schenn after Benning clipped him in the open ice. Tarasenko ended up with a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" on the night, with two goals, two assists and his fight. 

Brayden Schenn scored on a wrist shot from the high slot along the ice with 29 seconds to play in the second period to extend the St. Louis lead to 4-0. 

Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 26-14 for the Blues. 

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Oilers finally got on the board with 13:51 left to play. Connor McDavid made a nice fake before dishing the puck to Milan Lucic in the slot. Lucic wired the puck past Allen for the goal.

90 seconds after the Oilers scored, St. Louis got that one back. Scottie Upshall completed a nice three-way passing play into an open cage as Brossoit had no chance.

With less than eight minutes to play, the goals started to fly. Tarasenko netted his second of the game when he wired a shot from the right circle past Brossoit and then two minutes later, Colton Parayko scored to make it 7-1.

Leon Draisaitl then scored for the Oilers followed by Paul Stastny for St. Louis. Darnell Nurse capped off what was a wild third period, converting a feed from Draisaitl to make it 8-3.

The eight goals against is a season-high for the Oilers in 2017-18.   

"That's as poor as I've seen that group of D play in my three years here and we're supposed to be getting better back there. Our track and our commitment to coming back didn't help them out at all and the number of times we turned it over," McLellan said.

"We talked about this numerous times. Until the group buys into it, we'll probably keep taking it on the chin."

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