Blues do it in regulation this time, beat Oilers, 5-2

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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The Blues won their sixth game in a row, a 5-2 win over the Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday night but may have lost forward Alexander Steen in the process.

Steen left the ice late in the second period after colliding with Edmonton's Alex Chiasson during a penalty kill and was helped to the dressing room, putting no weight on his left leg. He did not return for the third period.

The game was closer than the score indicated. The Blues scored two empty-net goals, one by Tyler Bozak and one by Ivan Barbashev, in the final minute to make it look like more than the one-goal game it was.

Alex Pietrangelo was originally credited with a goal in the first period, but on further review, it was given to Jaden Schwartz, who tipped the shot in front of the net.

But in the second period, on the Blues' second power play of the night, Pietrangelo took a sweet backhand pass from Ryan O'Reilly from along the boards into the high slot, and he drilled it past Mike Smith. It was the sixth goal of the season for Pietrangelo, who is third on the team in goals behind Brayden Schenn and David Perron.

It was the fourth time in the past eight games the Blues have had multiple power-play goals in one game. In the other four games, they haven't had a power-play goal.

Later in the period, Robert Thomas, whose problem of late has been a hesitancy to take shots, took one and beat Smith at the far post to take the lead to two goals. It was the first time the Blues had a two-goal lead since the Detroit game, which started their current five-game win streak.


Schwartz got the first goal for the Blues, his second in as many games, just 18 seconds into a power play after Tomas Jurco was called for tripping. Pietrangelo took a shot from outside that hit Schwartz on the way in. Perron also assisted on the play. It was the third goal for the season and the first time he had goals in back-to-back games since the end of the 17-18 season.

That goal evened the score and came 3:16 after Edmonton had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by Connor McDavid. It was the eighth goal of the season for McDavid, whose shot from outside may have caught Jake Allen by surprise. Leon Draisaitl and goalie Smith had assists on the goal. Thomas was in the box for holding.

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