(HockeyStL) -- The youth-filled Edmonton Oilers may have given the St. Louis Blues a glimpse into the future Tuesday night.
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins combined for three goals, eight points, plus-nine rating and chased Jake Allen from the game after allowing three goals on seven shots.
It was anything but Allen’s fault though.
“It’s still my job to stop the puck. You give those guys on that team those chances like that they’re going to bury them, but still I need to give the guys a chance,” Allen said.
A turnover committed by David Perron near center ice ended with a three-one-one break when Eberle scored his first of two goals in the game.
Right after Nikolai Khabibulin stonewalled Perron with his right pad on a breakaway, an open Eberle struck again with a sharp wrist-handed shot that sailed top shelf early in the second period.
Eberle’s night wouldn’t end there. He missed an opportunity for the hat trick less than two minutes later when Allen stopped the initial shot. Still the play led to an open net with Allen out of the crease and the puck on a platter for Hall, who buried it for his eight goal of the season.
Jaroslav Halak would replace Allen and stopped all 12 shots he faced in over 34 minutes of action.
While Edmonton’s young stars were the main story the team’s 40-year-old goaltender was stout. When it appeared the Blues would pull back into the game, he was there to greet the opportunity with open arms. He stopped all 43 shots, including 21 in the second period.
It marked the 46th shutout of Khabibulin’s 17-year career and his first against the Blues (47 games). His last shutout came in a 38-save performance against the Los Angeles Kings on November 3, 2011.