Blues rally past Oilers
Thursday, January 5, 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt D’Agostini capped a three-goal surge early in the third period and Carlo Colaiacovo had three assists, rallying the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
D’Agostini scored the game-winner when he carried the puck behind the net and wristed in a shot from the left circle at 8:59. It was the third goal of the period for St. Louis, answering Edmonton’s three-goal outburst in the second.
Alex Pietrangelo connected on a slap shot 19 seconds into the third and the Blues tied it at 3 when David Backes scored at 1:48, both on the power play. Chris Stewart also had a goal for St. Louis, in the first period.
St. Louis improved to 3-8-1 when trailing after two periods, while Edmonton fell 13-3-1 when leading after two.
The Blues won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. St. Louis is 16-3-2 at home, best in the NHL.
Taylor Hall, Ben Eager and Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers, who are 6-15-1 on the road. Edmonton fell to 1-5 on a season-long, seven-game trip.
St. Louis has won its last four home games against Edmonton.
The Blues outshot the Oilers 14-3 in the opening period but scored only one goal. Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk came out to clear the puck in the corner and made a weak clearing attempt. Stewart intercepted the ill-advised pass and fed Jamie Langenbrunner across the ice on the right side. Langenbrunner one-timed it back to Stewart, who buried the puck from the left side of the net for his ninth goal at 14:42.
The second period was all Oilers, who were on the power play for 10:17 and scored twice with the man advantage. The Oilers have nine power-play goals in their last eight games.
Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak thwarted a breakaway by Edmonton’s Shawn Horcoff early in the second period when St. Louis was on the power play. Horcoff took the puck from Kevin Shattenkirk just inside the blue line and raced toward Halak, who stopped the shot with his upper chest.
But Edmonton was not to be denied for long. Two quick goals gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead. The Oilers tied the game at 5:12 when Hall scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line on a power play. Edmonton took the lead 15 seconds later when Eager wristed it from just outside of the right circle.
The Oilers made it 3-1 on their second power-play goal when Eberle slammed a slap shot by Halak from the left circle for his 17th of the season at 13:54. It was his sixth goal in his last nine games, giving him 11 points in that span.
The Blues needed less than 2 minutes of the third period to tie the game on two power-play opportunities.
St. Louis cut the lead to 3-2 when Pietrangelo scored on a slap shot 19 seconds into the third. The Blues knotted it at 3 when Backes deflected a slap shot from Pietrangelo in front of the net at 1:48.
NOTES: The Blues’ Alex Steen missed his fourth consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms. ... Halak is 6-0-3 is his last nine starts. ... Edmonton rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed his second game with a left shoulder injury. ... Dubnyk has lost five of his last six starts. ... The Blues outshot Edmonton 37-33.
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