Mar 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues players celebrate with goalie Jaroslav Halak (top) after defeating the Edmonton Oilers at the Scottrade Center. Blues Defeat Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) - The win Friday night over the Edmonton Oilers, may be remembered after the season as the game that gave the Blues their confidence back.
The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period on late tallies from Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney. St. Louis, however, fought back with second- period goals by Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk.
Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes both scored in the third period as the St. Louis Blues rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Oilers, 4-2, at Scottrade Center.
Jaroslav Halak made 15 saves for the Blues, who have won two of their last three games.
But the more important thing for the up and down Blues was that Friday night's effort was appeared to be a complete 60 minute game. The effort was there from start to finish, in a game and league where giving up a period or even half a period can be the difference maker.|
After the goals by Hall and Whitney, the Blues shutdown the Oilers offense, limiting them to just 10 shots over the final 40 minutes and 17 for the game.
"I thought our second period was excellent," coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com, referring to a period in which Kevin Shattenkirk snapped an 0-for-14 streak with a power-play goal. "I thought we did a lot of good things in the second and really started to take the game over."
Now the Blues must carry their new found confidence into Dallas on Sunday when they take on the Stars at American Airlines Center. This is the second of the three games these two teams will play in 2013. The Blue took the first game on the back of David Perron's two goals to lead the Blues to a 4-3 win.
The Blues need to continue to find ways to score, especially since losing an entire line with recent injuries to Alexander Steen (upper body) who was placed on injured reserve Saturday. Andy McDonald (knee) and Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion). Rookie Jaden Schwartz is one Blue to keep an eye on Sunday. Schwartz joined T.J. Oshie and David Backes on the top line Friday night.