It is very common for sports teams to disappoint the year after winning a championship. It is even harder to overcome this hangover period when the championship was unexpected. That is why the recent turnaround by the St. Louis Blues is so impressive. Despite a slow start to the season and several key injuries, the Blues were looking to win their sixth straight game when they took the ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, November 6.
Things did not start the way the Blues expected. The loud crowd in Rogers Place came alive when the Oilers were given a power play two minutes into the game. It took Connor McDavid less than a minute to score a goal with the extra attacker. The power play goal was McDavid’s eighth of the season. The Oilers did not hold on to the lead for very long. St. Louis took advantage of a careless Tomas Jurco tripping penalty to score their own power play goal four minutes later. Jaden Schwartz scored the goal for the Blues.
The next 20 minutes of the game were fairly uneventful as both teams looked to avoid making a big mistake. Edmonton opened the door for the Blues when Leon Draisaitl got called for an interference penalty six minutes into the second period. The Blues showed why they are such a dangerous team by quickly scoring their second power play goal of the game. Alex Pietrangelo put his team in the lead. St. Louis added to their lead eight minutes later when Robert Thomas scored his third goal of the season.
The Blues did a great job at limiting Edmonton’s offensive chances after grabbing the two-goal lead, but the Oilers were finally able to break through the tight defense 11 minutes into the third period. Zack Kassian put Edmonton within one goal with a beautiful goal. While this goal made things a lot more interesting, the Oilers were unable to get any closer. The St. Louis Blues ultimately won the game 5-2 after adding two empty-net goals in the final minute of regulation.
The win on Wednesday night gives the Blues a three-point advantage over the Edmonton Oilers for the top spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis will look for a seventh straight victory when they continue their Canadian road trip on Saturday, November 9, with a matchup against the Calgary Flames.