Edmonton Oilers come up short in OT against Blues in St. Louis

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Brandon Saad scored with 2:51 left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

Oilers defenceman Mattias Ekholm scored for the second-straight game, bombing a point shot past Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington 7:05 into the contest.

The Oilers briefly celebrated a 2-0 lead in the second when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jammed a rebound under Binnington. However, the Blues challenged for goalie interference. After video review, it was ruled Zach Hyman bumped Binnington and the goal was negated.

Oilers forward Evander Kane got the better of the Blues’ Tyler Tucker in a fight but was slapped with an extra minor for taking off Tucker’s helmet.

Brayden Schenn scored on the power play. This time the Oilers challenged for goalie interference. The goal stood, giving the Blues another man advantage.

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Leon Draisaitl tripped Robert Thomas to hand the Blues a two-man advantage for 1:11. The Oilers killed it off and then Draisaitl got a breakaway out of the penalty box. His backhand try was stymied by Binnington’s left pad.

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“I thought the guy interfered with me,” Oiler goalie Stuart Skinner said of the goal challenge. “Momentum was definitely on their side.”

Schenn scored on a two-on-one to make it 2-1 Blues 1:44 into the third. With 5:25 left, Connor McDavid made a brilliant play to spin out of the corner and set up Draisaitl for his 39th.

“After penalties having two superstars sitting on the bench, and after we have a kill, we want to get those guys out there immediately,” Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch said. “They came up big tonight.”

In overtime, Saad beat Skinner five-hole on a breakaway.

Binnington finished with 35 saves while Skinner made 26.

The Oilers will visit the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. You can listen to the game live on 630 CHED, beginning with The Faceoff Show at 6 p.m. The actual game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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