NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at St. Louis
(Friday, November 4th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored two goals and added a pair of assists, as Edmonton downed St. Louis, 7-2, at the Savvis Center.
The Oilers were 0-8-3 in their last 11 trips to the Gateway City, but scored four straight goals bridging the second and third periods to ensure their first victory in St. Louis since 1999.
Ryan Smyth netted two goals, including a penalty shot tally, and Raffi Torres donated three assists in the win. Goaltender Jussi Markkanen stopped 34-of-36 shots for the Oilers, who have won five straight.
Bryce Salvador and Lee Stempniak each lit the lamp for St. Louis, which is 0-4-3 in its last seven games. Patrick Lalime allowed four goals on 15 shots before being lifted in favor of Reinhard Divis in the third period.
Stoll got Edmonton on the board just 1:45 into the game. Torres took a cross- ice feed from Radek Dvorak on a rush and fed the puck into the right circle for Stoll, who sent a wrister into the top shelf.
Several minutes later, Torres tracked down his own blocked shot along the wall and sent it to the point for Alexei Semenov, who blasted a slap shot past Lalime with 11:55 remaining to give the Oilers a two-goal advantage.
Salvador cut the lead in half on a quick shot off a face-off win late in the opening frame, but the Oilers responded with three unanswered scores to put the game away.
Stoll made it 3-1 at the 1:39 mark of the second. His initial shot was stopped by the St. Louis defense, but it came back out in front of the crease and Stoll got his own rebound for his second tally of the game.
Smyth was then awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway, and cashed in to make it a four-goal lead after two periods. Smyth rushed in on Lalime, switched to his backhand as he approached the net, and tucked it through the five-hole.
The Oilers outscored the Blues 3-1 in the third to finish out the game. Fernando Pisani one-timed a feed into the slot from Semenov past Divis and Smyth netted his second goal of the night a little over six minutes later.
Stempniak and Jani Rita exchanged goals down the stretch for a final score of 7-2.
This was Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger's first game against his old team. The former Hart and Norris Trophy winner was traded to Edmonton over the summer in exchange for fellow blueliners Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka...This is the Blues' longest losing streak since February of 1989...Edmonton's current spurt comes on the heels of an 0-6-1 slide...The Oilers, now 5-4 on the road, began a seven-game trip on Thursday and will visit Dallas on Monday...St. Louis began a three-game homestand on Wednesday and will host Detroit on Sunday.
11/04 23:12:42 ET