Ryan Whitney scores a goal to make it 2-0 Oilers. Whitney is somewhat happy about it. Photo courtesy Sportsnet West

St. Louis Scores Four Unanswered Goals, Doubles Up Oilers 4-2

The Oilers led 2-0 at the end of the first period, but it wasn’t enough as the Blues scored four unanswered goals to snatch two points.

So what happened?

  • The Oilers scored two goals in the first period, and they went to the dressing room down 8-7 in shots.  If it seemed like the ice was tilted St. Louis’ way, it’s because they were getting a lot more attempts off than Edmonton was.  This wasn’t limited to the first period, it happened throughout the game. (Michael Parkatti also points out that the Oilers have had more shots attempts than their opponents in just 2 of 20 attempts this year.  Also, he hits it out of the park about the fourth line, which got kicked up and down the ice all night.  Seriously, go bookmark that guy) The Blues outshot the Oilers 30-17, but the Blues got nearly sixty shot attempts off at even strength.
  • Seventeen shots won’t lift a couch, much less win a hockey game.  Go on, try and lift a couch with just seventeen shots.  It’s really tough.
  • Taylor Hall nabbed Edmonton’s other goal – his fourth of the year and eighteenth point in eighteen games.

VARYING DEGREES OF INTEREST

  • Need a beer?  So do I.
  • Taylor Hall didn’t see any ice time after the twelve minute mark of the second period.  The current diagnosis is “leg tightness”.  First time for everything.
  • Oilers are now a third of their way through the nine game roadtrip – they have 3 points so far.
  • Out of a possible 18, the Oilers would do well to get 12, which would require them to go 4-1-1 or 3-0-3 in their next six.  Shake those dice.
  • Edmonton’s next game is tomorrow against Minnesota, puck drop is 6 PM MST.

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