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Not a bad overall result for the Blues short Canadian road trip – 4 points out of a possible 6. Beating the Oilers last night was essential. It kept the Blues only 4 points out of a playoff spot and they leapfrogged over the Ducks to grab 12th place in the Conference.
It certainly wasn’t a classic game by any means – the Blues did just enough to win and that could possibly have been the game plan all along. After all, the Blues have games against very tough opponents in the next few games. The Oilers have lost 19 out of their last 20 games – they’ll have to start winning eventually … thankfully it wasn’t to happen against the Blues. Both teams had their chances – and honestly the game could have gone either way.
The Oilers scored first – Dustin Penner with his 22nd goal of the season in the second period – but the Blues were level less than 20 seconds later. Good work from Andy McDonald as he skated behind the Oilers net and passed the puck up to Brewer on the point. Brewer just hit a beautiful one timer through traffic and into the net. Later in the period, David Backes managed to hit the crossbar.
Alex Steen got the game winner for the Blues in the third period – play was broken up in the Blues zone and Sydor passed the puck to Steen. Steen raced up ice and scored in the corner of the net. The Oilers pulled their goalie late on but simply couldn’t find a way past Chris Mason. An essential win for the Blues – and here are your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time note that the Blues avoided embarrassment – and the site has some good topics up for debate if you’d like to get involved.
- Jeremy Rutherford at the Post Dispatch says that the Blues “slip past” the Oilers in Edmonton – with comments from Davis Payne, Alex Steen, Chris Mason and Eric Brewer.
As mentioned previously, the Blues needed these two points – because their upcoming games include Columbus, Chicago (twice), San Jose, Colorado, Detroit and Washington. Very tough.