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|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers used their heads to take a full two points from the St. Louis Blues.
Sam Gagner scored the winning goal and also had an assist, and Dwayne Roloson made 21 saves in the Oilers' 2-1 victory Sunday night.
"We played a smart game," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We played a lot smarter than we had the last couple games. We didn't blow them out of the water or anything, but we had a very sharp game."
Gilbert Brule also scored, and former University of Minnesota star Ryan Potulny had two assists in his first game for the Oilers. Potulny was called up from Springfield of the AHL on Sunday to replace Zach Stortini, placed on injured reserve after sustaining a lower-body injury Friday night in a fight with San Jose's Brad Staubitz.
After lengthy players-only meeting to address team emotion and the will to win following a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Friday night, veteran Steve Staios was glad that the message seemed to have sunk in.
"It's always great to see the initial reaction after you have a talk like that," Staios said. "We showed a lot more emotion and played a much better skating game. We had great support from our forwards tonight. It helped us move the puck out of our zone. We spent far less time in our own zone tonight and I think that was a key factor in the win. It was an all-team effort."
Yan Stastny scored for St. Louis.
"That definitely wasn't a good effort," Blues forward Jay McClement said. "It's disappointing after we made strides and we played well two nights ago (a 6-4 win over Vancouver). I think it's unacceptable.
"For whatever reason we just didn't have the bite we did two nights ago. You have to follow up good efforts with just as good if not better efforts. I'm sure this one is not sitting well with anyone."
St. Louis opened the scoring 3 minutes into the second period. Jay McClement swung out from behind the net and chipped a shot over Roloson's pad to Stastny. who had an easy tap-in. Edmonton tied it 8 minutes later when Potulny sprung Brule on a breakaway with a long pass and Brule beat Manny Legace with a deke.
Edmonton took the lead 6 1/2 minutes into the third period after some persistent forechecking. Erik Cole sent a pass back to Gagner just shy of the point and he blew a slap shot past Legace for his fourth goal of the season.
"It's great for Sam," MacTavish said. "He's put a lot of pucks at the net and hasn't had a lot of luck."
Notes: Potulny leads the AHL's Springfield Falcons with 17 goals and 31 points in 36 games. ... Oilers scoring leader Ales Hemsky missed his seventh straight game because of post-concussion symptoms.
|Yan Stastny (3) ASST: Jay McClement (9), Roman Polak (10)|
1 - 0 STL
|Gilbert Brule (1) ASST: Ryan Potulny (1), Sam Gagner (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Sam Gagner (4) ASST: Erik Cole (9), Ryan Potulny (2)|
2 - 1 EDM
|Sheldon Souray Interference against T.J. Oshie|
|Sam Gagner Hooking against David Perron|
|Barret Jackman Hooking against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Steve MacIntyre Tripping against David Backes|
|B.J. Crombeen Slashing against Denis Grebeshkov|
|Ladislav Smid Roughing against Brad Boyes|
|Patrik Berglund Interference against Sam Gagner|
|Gilbert Brule Hooking against Barret Jackman|
|Patrik Berglund Hooking against Sam Gagner|
|Mike Weaver Hooking against Gilbert Brule|