EDMONTON, AB -
The Edmonton Oilers got off to a fast start, outshooting St. Louis 10-1 early on but strong goaltending from Brian Elliott and some opportunistic goals from the Blues in addition to a barrage of third period goals resulted in Edmonton’s 6-0 defeat on Saturday night.
After the game, the Oilers closed their doors for about 10 minutes to meet. Dallas Eakins spoke about that afterwards.
“I asked them questions (after the game). I think we’re a team — especially as of late — that has an uncanny ability to just shoot ourselves in the foot,” Eakins began.
“The game in Anaheim we played well but came up short, the game in LA we had a bad change and were in it until then, tonight in the first period. It’s exactly how we want to play.
"We’re doing the things we’re promoting, the things we’re practicing, our power play probably generated more attempts at the net than the last five games put together and a bad change, it end up 1-0. So I was asking, do we need to bring the video in and show you the bad change?"
A bad bounce and bad line change resulted in a scrambled two-on-one for the Blues following an Oilers power play. Oilers starting netminder Ilya Bryzgalov tried to clear the puck but it was kept in and eventually dished to Chris Stewart, who was unguarded at the right circle. Stewart's shot beat Bryzgalov to give St. Louis the 1-0 lead. Shots were 10-2 Oilers at the time of the goal.
"My second question is, how can we do that? Are we not able to sustain that level of play through the game? The encouraging thing is, you see the first period and know it’s in the room.
“It’s one thing where the other team takes it from you and they’re better than you. It’s another if you gift it."
With 5:26 to play in the first, David Backes headed to the box, giving Edmonton their second power play of the period and a chance to get back on even terms. The Oilers had a few shots on the five-on-four but could not convert.
Shots on goal after one period were 14-5 for the Oilers.
5:50 into the second period, Ales Hemsky tried to manoeuvre the puck around a Blues defender on the rush but couldn’t quite get it past him. The puck went back the other way and a three-way passing play between Stewart, Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow ended with Stewart finding Morrow in the slot alone for a neat backhand through the legs of Bryzgalov and a two-goal St. Louis lead.
20 seconds later, Backes hammered Joensuu into the boards in the Edmonton zone, resulting in a two-minute penalty for boarding and another Edmonton man advantage. Unfortunately, the Oilers were again unable to convert.
St. Louis had a power play later in the period after Petry took a tripping penalty. Blues had a handful of good opportunities but couldn’t solve Bryzgalov. Oilers penalty killers also stood tall late in the period with Gagner in the box.
Shot count after 40 minutes was 19-18 St. Louis.
1:36 into the final frame, Stewart scored his second of the game with a quick release converting a feed from Berglund. The goal made it a 3-0 game.
Just over a minute later, Jaden Schwartz's shot handcuffed Bryzgalov and extended the Blues lead to 4-0.
Tempers flared behind the Blues net with 13 minutes to go in the third. The result was penalties to Luke Gazdic and David Backes. Backes came before the scrum, hooking Eberle on his way to the net on a scoring chance.
13 seconds later, Nugent-Hopkins got sent off for hooking Tarasenko as he drove to the Oilers net, giving the Blues a four-on-three power play.
Less than a minute into the man advantage, Stewart completed the hat trick, one-timing a feed across the slot to make it 5-0. Berglund added one late in the third to make it a six-goal game.