Blues overcome first period woes against Oilers

Blues overcome first period woes against Oilers

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Edmonton Oilers Ales Hemsky (83)of the Czech Republic manuvers the puck around St. Louis Blues Roman Polak of the Czech Republic in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 1, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 6:11 AM

(HockeyStL) -- After dominating the early portions of the first period, the Blues fell to a two-goal deficit on Edmonton goals scored 23 seconds apart.

The Blues failed to record a shot in the final nine minutes and 39 seconds of the opening period on Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, who posted a 0-6-0 record with 4.83 goals against average in six previous games against St. Louis.

Taylor Hall put the Oilers ahead late in the period on a goal just outside the crease and through the legs of his own teammate. It was his fourth goal of the season and first since February 12.

Ryan Whitney added another goal 23 seconds later for a 2-0 lead right before the end of the period.

The Blues would pick up the pace for the second period.

The Edmonton lead was trimmed after Jaden Schwartz buried a rebound for the first Blues goal at home in the previous 93 minutes and 47 seconds played. A shot from T.J. Oshie deflected off a defenseman to Schwartz who put it past Dubnyk to trim the Oilers lead to one goal.

“Being down two nothing is never a spot you want to be in and we needed to get that next goal and I was glad to accept that,” Schwartz said. “It happened pretty quick. It was a fortunate bounce on my stick and lucky enough it went in.”

Seven minutes later, Kevin Shattenkirk snapped St. Louis’ 0-for-14 scoreless drought on the power play dating back to February 15 with a slap shot from the blue line.

The Blues outshot the Oilers 11-4 in the second period.

St. Louis continued the aggressive approach against Edmonton before Vladimir Sobotka put a shot underneath Dubnyk for a 3-2 lead early in the third period. The Blues outshot the Oilers 7-1 to start the third period.

“That’s what (Hitchcock) said before the third period in the locker room, just funnel the puck and it went in,” Sobotka said. “I saw the (defenseman) coming up after me and just shot it through his legs and it went in.”

A slick one-handed pass from T.J. Oshie under a sliding Oiler defender to David Backes resulted in another goal and a 4-2 lead with just over five minutes left to play.

It was the third win at home since January 27.

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