Hall's OT goal leads Oilers to 4th straight win
ALBERTA: Taylor Hall scored the winner 23 seconds into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers extended their winning streak to four, beating the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night.
Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, was sent in on a breakaway by Ryan Whitney and scored his ninth goal of the season and third in two games. Ryan Jones also scored for the Oilers (10-12-4), who have won five of six.
Eric Brewer had the lone goal for the Blues (12-9-4), who have dropped five straight. It is St. Louis' longest stretch without a win since December 2008.
The Oilers had the best early opportunity four minutes in as Hall's shot went off the glass and hit goalie Jaroslav Halak in the back. The puck headed toward the net before it was swept out. Jordan Eberle followed by sending a shot off the post. St. Louis had nine firstperiod shots on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Edmonton was held to seven in the scoreless frame. The Blues had their best chance with 11 minutes left in the second. St. Louis won a power-play faceoff cleanly, but Khabibulin got over in time to stop a point-blank drive by Brad Boyes. Khabibulin kept his team in it with a pad save on Andy McDonald's shot four minutes later. St. Louis had a 24-16 shots advantage through two periods.
The Oilers finally broke the deadlock 2:32 into the third period when Magnus Paajarvi chipped a pass over defenseman Erik Johnson to Jones, setting up a 2-on-1 break that led to Jones' sixth goal. -Ap