ST LOUIS, MO - Goals from Milan Lucic and Mark Letestu, along with 25 saves from Cam Talbot, lifted Edmonton to a 2-1 victory over the Blues to close out their long road trip.
"As we go on, games start to tighten up even more, a lot like that where you've got to take advantage of your opportunities," said Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who finished the night with two assists. "Obviously, penalty kill and power play play a big role coming down the stretch. It was a pretty gutsy win by us tonight. We've just got to keep that going."
The Blues drew first blood at 11:07 of the first period. Paul Stastny got a piece of Alex Pietrangelo's point shot as it snuck by Talbot.
Edmonton responded just 44 seconds later, when Lucic buried a Jordan Eberle feed. Lucic hammered a slap shot and it glanced off Jake Allen's glove. Nugent-Hopkins was given the second assist.
While the Oilers were on the ice during the first period, Edmonton made a trade to acquire David Desharnais from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for Brandon Davidson. The acquisition came just one day before Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline.
The Oilers got their first lead of the night just 41 seconds into the middle frame, on a power play. Letestu potted a Connor McDavid centring feed for his 13th goal of the season, his eighth on the man advantage. Nugent-Hopkins notched the second assist to give him two points.
Edmonton managed to hold tight to their one-goal lead until the final minute, when St. Louis pulled Allen for the extra attacker. They kept the puck away from Talbot to ride it out for their third win of the road trip.
"We still had a lot of help from Talbs back there," said Nugent-Hopkins. "He's definitely a steady presence for us. We have a lot of confidence in him. He made some big saves again. But I think we did a pretty good job of shutting it down late."
Edmonton finished their road trip with a 3-3-0 record, with wins in Chicago, Florida and St. Louis.
"This was a tough trip," said Letestu. "It felt like we were catching every team on a burner too. To come away .500 was not exactly the way we drew it up. But to do it that way and stay in a nice position as far as the playoffs going into a month we're at home a lot I think was important."
Edmonton next hosts the Detroit Red Wings Saturday at Rogers Place.