Blues Vs. Oilers: St. Louis Turns Up Offense Against Weak Edmonton Goaltending

The Blues continue to power through their road trip through Western Canada, as they were able to take advantage of Edmonton's bad night in goal and drop five on the OIlers to overtake first place in the Central again.

The Edmonton Oilers made a valiant effort to rally all the way back, but the St. Louis Blues came out on top, playing solid hockey to chase Devan Dubnyk out of the game and win on the road, 5-2.

Andy McDonald got the scoring going early, as a solid check by the Blues in the defensive zone freed the puck and found its way onto McDonald's stick for an easy goal just 59 seconds into the game. St. Louis carried the 1-0 lead into the second period, where they continued where they left off.

Just 2:05 into the next period, the Blues got another easy break, with Scott Nichol taking a seemingly routine slapshot to the net for the 2-0 St. Louis lead. A third goal found its way into the net as a quick series of passes started by Kevin Shattenkirk to T.J. Oshie gave McDonald the way to a backhand for his second goal of the game. The third Blues' goal sent Dubnyk to the bench, bringing out Yann Danis, who had not been in an NHL game since Mar. 28, 2010.

The goalie change initially seemed to invoke some fight in the Oilers, as they started to take advantage of the momentum, finding room to forecheck. Their efforts were rewarded, as Corey Potter caught Jaroslav Halak off-guard with a quick pass from Darcy Hordichuk. After St. Louis was unable to score on a five-minute power play after a Ryan Smyth check from behind, Edmonton found momentum again, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored with 48 seconds remaining in the second to make it a one-goal game going into the final frame.

Things were in place for an Oilers comeback, especially with their offensive prowess. However, Danis' lack of NHL-playing time showed and ultimately hurt Edmonton, as Shattenkirk scored for his third point of the night on a soft tip-in on the power play. The killer came on a Chris Stewart penalty shot for the 5-2 final. It was almost impressive that Denis didn't give up more goals in the third, as he appeared to be moving in quicksand in the crease in the final period.

St. Louis again is in first place in the Central, tied with the Detroit Red Wings with 87 points. They play again Thursday against the NHL-best Vancouver Canucks for a chance to overtake tops in the Western Conference and possibly overall.

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