NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Edmonton
(Sunday, February 12th)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Edmonton 4 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Dennis Wideman scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Lee Stempniak scored twice in regulation, while Jay McClement added a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have won four of their last five games before heading into the Olympic break.
Curtis Sanford made 24 saves and allowed no goals in the shootout.
Ryan Smyth tallied twice for the Oilers, who have dropped three straight games. Mike Morrison started in net and allowed two goals on five shots before being replaced by Jussi Markkanen, who finished with 14 stops. Morrison, though, was inserted back into the game for the shootout.
With the first two players from each team unable to score in the shootout, Wideman skated in on goal and, on his backhand, lifted the puck past a sliding Morrison. Fernando Pisani had a chance to keep the shootout going, but his backhand attempt was snared by Sanford to give the Blues the extra point.
"Edmonton has a lot of speed and they just kept dumping it in and dumping it in and kept coming at us and they finished all their hits and made things very tough on us tonight," said Wideman. "It was good to come out with two points."
Raffi Torres opened the scoring just 3:47 into the game, netting his 20th goal of the season and giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Stempniak tied the game up at 1-1 after scoring off a feed in front from Dallas Drake.
Just 23 ticks later, Smyth's 26th goal of the season put Edmonton back up at 2-1.
At 13:29 of the opening period, Keith Tkachuk tied the game at 2-2 and sent Morrison to the bench in favor of Markkanen.
At 12:11 of the middle session, the Blues went ahead 3-2 on Stempniak's second tally of the game. McClement fired a shot from the right point that Markkanen stopped, but Stempniak wristed the rebound past the stick side of Markkanen for the goal.
About four minutes into the final frame, Smyth tied things up at 3-3 with his second goal of the game.
The Blues went up 4-3 with only 3:36 left to play. McClement lofted a shot on net from the left point that went through a screen in front and beat Markkanen.
The lead was short lived as tough guy Georges Laraque tied it with only 2:23 left in the third period to send the game into overtime, where neither team managed to generate any quality scoring chances.
"I guess it is a positive for us being in a lot of the games," said Stempniak. It's better being on the winning side of it. You know we could have went down after Laraque scored that goal, but I thought we played pretty hard to finish the game and then strong in the overtime and it was a clutch goal by Wideman there in the shootout."
Both teams will meet up after the Olympic break in Edmonton on March 1...St. Louis improved to 7-16-6 on the road this season...Edmonton dropped to 13-11-4 at home this season.
02/12 20:38:04 ET