Blues win a ‘bizarre’ game vs. Oilers

Blues win a ‘bizarre’ game vs. Oilers

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St. Louis Blues' David Backes, right, celebrates after scoring past Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

HockeyStL

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

(HockeyStL) -- There is no roller coaster at Six Flags that could do justice to exactly how up-and-down the St. Louis Blues played against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

The scoring went in waves on Thursday starting with the only first period goal scored by the Blues.  Then, the Edmonton Oilers pounded three unanswered goals, two of which were power play goals, on 21 shots taken in the second period to make it 3-1.  And eventually the Blues rebounded with three unanswered goals of their own, two of which were on the power play, in the third period to make it a final score of 4-3.

“When you get two young teams who go at it you are going to get a lot of hard play sometimes it is going to be really organized and sometimes it is going to be really bizarre,” head coach Ken Hitchcock said.  “Tonight, from both coaching standpoint, I would say ‘bizarre’ would be the word because I think we could have scored ten and they could have scored nine.”

The Blues could not catch a break with questionable penalties and lack of communication on the ice during the second period in which the team was outshot 21-9 by the Oilers.  The Blues took four penalties including a five-minute major for slashing and game misconduct against Roman Polak in the middle period.

“I think we just need to simplify it,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.  “We tried being a little too cute there in the second period trying to make too many plays and we just got back to shooting the puck (in the third period).”

Pietrangelo slapped in a power play goal from the point at 20 seconds into the third period to put the Blues down only one goal to give the Blues back the momentum in the game.  David Backed would later score the game-tying goal 88 seconds later and the victory was secured following a wrist shot from Matt D’Agostini around the midway point in the third period.

by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

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