Blues 1, Oilers 0: Khabibulin Goaltending Clinic Not Enough


If you didn’t catch last night’s game, you might think 1-0 would be a tightly-knit game where St. Louis emerged with a lucky bounce.  Two evenly matched teams, toe to toe, cheek to jowl, fighting for two important points in a marathon season.

You could tell yourself that.  At least, it sounds good.


The reason it wasn't 6-0. Photo courtesy John Ulan / AP

Quite the contrary, really.  Nikolai Khabibulin was the difference maker in this, a game that could easily have been five, six or more goals deep.  Only a third period goal by St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo was able to sneak one by Khabibulin, making the score look much closer than the game really was.

The Oilers managed fifteen shots throughout the game.  Not even the return of Jordan Eberle (way ahead of schedule) was able to generate some much needed offence for the Oil drop.  The Blues managed *just* a few more shots.  How many more?  Just a few.  The Blues managed  thirty-nine total shots, to be exact.  St. Louis outshot the Oilers 19-4 in the first frame, were even 7-7 in the second, and dominated the third by outshooting Edmonton 12-4.

Two power plays were afforded the Oilers, when you’re kicking out fourteen shots total, it’s a tough sell.  Edmonton amassed three shots in two power play opportunities.  There were no goals scored for the Oilers.  Instead, please enjoy Nikolai Khabibulin saving two (2) of his thirty-eight (38) saves on the night.

Would’ve like to seen Khabibulin help the Oilers escape with a salvage point in this game, but there really wasn’t much more you could ask for. Full marks for Khabibulin in this one.


Edmonton’s next get-together is with Calgary back at Rexall.  While the Oilers would need a monumental jump in the standings to be any sort of contender for the playoffs, helping to play spoiler against the Flames doesn’t get old easy.


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