Hall's OT goal leads Oilers to 4th straight win

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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