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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blues

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
THE TURNING POINT


The Oilers found themselves down 2-1 but led in shots and found a way to tie it up just 5:18 into the second period. Penner got the goal from a tough angle shot on Mason. Things stayed knotted at two a piece until the 13:29 marker. The Oilers took a penalty which turned into an unfortunate situation for the Blues. With the Note’s packed in front of the net, Smid tried to bat the puck out of danger but accidently tapped it in his own net. With the 3-2 lead, things got worse. Just three minutes later the Oilers took another penalty which resulted in Backes picking up a goal making it 4-2. Then when we thought it couldn’t get worse, 37 seconds later McClement grabbed the sixth goal for the Blues.

TOP PERFORMERS

OILERS - Although there were seven goals let in, Steve Staios sacrificed his body as much as he could in his 19:40 minutes of play tonight. He blocked six shots from the Blues tonight. He took two shots, one hit and was a +1 on the night.


BLUES-
David Backes scored just four times in his first 29 games this year. He has now netted six goals including tonight in his last six games.He had his second two-goal game of the year last night in Vancouver to which gave him nine on the year which is tied with David Perron for most goals for the Blues. Perron also picked up a goal tonight so now they both have 10 on the year.
Alexander Steen had a great game tonight picking up a goal and three assists with a +1. He took six shots on net and blocked one.


SAVE OF THE GAME

With the Oilers on the power play right at the end of the period for a delay of game penalty, Grebeshkov had a really good chance. He took one last slap shot from 55 feet out which resulted in the quick hands of Mason. He robbed Grebeshkov and the Oilers from scoring with just 19 seconds to play in the second period.


THE 4TH STAR


The fourth star goes to Steve Staios for blocking six shots tonight in the 19:40 minutes that he played tonight. He took two shots on goal, made one hit and finished with a +1.



STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

  Keith Tkachuk scored his 533rd goal last night against Vancouver which ties him with Francis Mahovlich for 30th on the NHL’s all-time goals list. He now will move on and chase Stan Mikita who sits at 29th with 541. He is on track this year to hit yet another 40+ point season with his 18 points. Since playing in the NHL, Tkachuk has only missed the 40 point mark twice. His rookie season in 1991-92 and the following season.

QUOTABLE

Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn:

"You gotta turtle for awhile, I've talked to you about turtles before. The greatest army's of the world turtle once in awhile and then they come back."

St.Louis Blues Head Coach Andy Murray:

"I have so much respect for the Oiler team. We ran into a real hornet's nest that night (Oiler's last visit to St.Louis) and we didn't handle it well and we got punished duly. They deserved to beat us that night but tonight we were ready. It was significant to beat the Oilers tonight."
BY THE NUMBERS

85.6%- Blues are 3rd in the NHL on the PK with 85.6%

  100-  Nilsson scored his 100th career against the Blues on Dec.11th

  2- Souray needs 2 PIM to reach 1000 PIM in his career.

86- Blues have 86 man games lost before tonight's game.

303,103- Total attendance this year at Rexall Place.

200- Cogliano is set to play his 200th career NHL game tonight. He has 92 points in 199 games.

413- Tkachuk has 413 points with the Blues- 6th all-time in franchise history.



Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com

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