The Edmonton Oilers finished their six-game road trip with a record of 3-3 after stopping the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Tuesday night.
The Blues opened the scoring on a Paul Stastny power play goal 11:07 into the game. Milan Lucic pulled the Oilers even just 44 seconds later when his long slap shot eluded Jake Allen.
The Oilers started the second period with 56 seconds left on a two-man advantage. After Allen made a great save on Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid freed the puck for Mark Letestu, who buried his eighth power play goal of the season.
Leststu is happy to head home. He says it was a tough trip.
“Seemed like we were catching every team on a burner too, so to come away .500, not exactly the way we drew it up, but to do it that way, stay in a nice position as far as the playoffs going into a month where we’re home a lot, I think was important. This is a tough building, but we’ve got a couple of wins here now.”
Head Coach Todd McLellan says it would have been an easy one to lose at the end of such a long stretch on the road.
“But we have some good veteran leadership, some good youthful legs and a desire to compete, and when you have those three things you give yourself a chance to win. It was a grinding, heavy, hard game at the back end of an 11, 12 day road trip. Sometimes those don’t go your way but we stuck with it, we had good goal tending.”
Cam Talbot made 25 saves for the win. Nugent-Hopkins had two assists. The Oilers go 3-0 against the Blues and improve to 34-22-8 on the season. They’ll open an eight-game homestand Saturday against Detroit.
During the first period, the Oilers traded defenceman Brandon Davidson to the Montreal Canadiens for centre David Desharnais. (jrw/mw)