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Oilers return favor, top Blues on the road

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Oct 26, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) defends during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 200th career goal to lift the visiting Edmonton Oilers over the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Wednesday night

Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, who their second straight game, and Stuart Skinner made 37 saves.

Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues, who lost their second straight game. Losing goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 25 of 27 shots.

The Blues defeated the Oilers 2-0 in Edmonton four days earlier by playing stifling team defense. But this time Edmonton’s transition game quickly got into high gear.

The Oilers outshot the Blues 11-6 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead 6:07 into the game.

Warren Foegele burst in on left wing, circled the net and passed back to Darnell Nurse — whose shot from the high slot was deflected past Binnington by Puljujarvi.

The Blues survived a dangerous Oilers power play midway through the first period. The Oilers sustained two minutes of steady offensive pressure, put four shots on goal and fired several near-misses with the Blues penalty killers backed in.

St. Louis stepped up its offensive pressure in the second period while outshooting the Oilers 20-6. The Blues generated multiple chances, including O’Reilly’s shot from the slot and Torey Krug’s slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.

The Blues tied the with a power-play goal with 4.4 seconds left in the period. Brayden Schenn fired a shot from atop the right circle, Justin Faulk deflected it on goal and O’Reilly bumped in the rebound.

Binnington kept the game tied with excellent saves in third period, including one on Hyman’s point-blank shot less than two minutes into the third period and another on Nugent-Hopkins off a 2-on-1 break.

Skinner kept the game tied at 1-1 by with a great save on Ivan Barbashev on the doorstep.

Nugent-Hopkins scored the winning goal off a cross-crease pass from Connor McDavid with 6:16 left in the third. Hyman made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds to play.

–Field Level Media