Mar 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Jordan Eberle (14) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Eberle, Nikolai Khabibulin Help Oilers Secure Rare Victory In St. Louis

Edmonton scores three goals on seven shots to chase Blues goaltender Jake Allen en route to a rare victory in St. Louis.

  • Nikolai Khabibulin was exceptional.  Khabibulin turned aside all 43 St. Louis shots en route to his first shutout of the season.  Some of Khabibulin’s saves were ten bell stops.  Whatever grief I gave Khabibulin the other night (and really, it wasn’t too much as the Oilers didn’t score) was atoned for by an outstanding performance.
  • Jordan Eberle had a pair of goals.  One was a fancy backhand on a nice pass from Taylor Hall, and the other was a wrist shot on a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  Eberle would’ve made it a natural hat trick a couple of minutes later  if Jake Allen didn’t make the initial save on Eberle.  Taylor Hall scored Edmonton’s third goal on Eberle’s hat-trick attempt, and Jake Allen was on the hook.
  • The Oilers were absolutely crushed on the shot clock.  St. Louis finished with 43 shots on goal, while the Oilers came up with 19.  If Jake Allen wasn’t feeling so generous (and Khabibulin so stingy), this review would be even stuffier.
  • Mike Brown was put on the ice after the kids were getting roughed up.  Late in the second period,  Brown and Barrett Jackman had a rather forgetful fight that saw both Brown and Jackman land about negative one punch.  It did little to change the tide as the Oilers were outshot 21-5 in the second period.
  • THE THIRD PERIOD – Edmonton’s third wasn’t a disaster this game, as they were only outshot by a margin of 14-10.  That’s a fairly significant improvement over 21-5, and you can argue quite well that it’s better than 8-4.  So, there’s two consecutive third periods that weren’t terrible for the Oilers.
  • Ice times:  Ryan Jones (11:47)  Mike Brown (11:56), Lennart Petrell (13:30), Ryan Smyth (15:55).  Nail Yakupov (12:07),  Taylor Hall (12:30).  Whicih two of those guys should have the most ice time in that group?  Why is your best player playing less than Lennart Petrell?
  • Should you be concerned that the Oilers were outshot in this game by more than a 2-1 ratio?  If you’re still holding on to the though that the Oilers can go 11-5 in their remaining games, then yes, you ought to be shaking in your shoes. I’m glad the Oilers won the game, but I don’t care if Khabibulin, Dubnyk, Andy Moog or Fred Brathwaite are in net, you’re not going to win the majority of your hockey games by allowing 43 shots.   Khabibulin was sublime, the Oilers got lucky, and they’ll take two points out of St. Louis.

Oilers will take on the Jackets back at Rexall on Thursday.

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