Oilers 5, Blues 2
Jan. 08, 1997
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Doug Weight had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers spoiled the coaching debut of Joel Quenneville by beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Tuesday night.
Edmonton's Andrei Kovalenko added a goal and an assist to run his scoring streak to 11 games, second-longest current streak in the NHL. The Philadelphia Flyers' Eric Lindros has a 17-game scoring streak.
Kelly Buchberger and Louie DeBrusk also scored for Edmonton. Miroslav Satan contributed two assists and former Blues goalie Curtis Joseph stopped 30 shots.
Quenneville, a former assistant with the Colorado Avalanche, was behind the bench for the first time since taking over for interim coach Jimmy Roberts on Monday. Edmonton's fourth win in a row snapped a four-game unbeaten streak for the Blues.
Brett Hull and Tony Twist had the St. Louis goals.
Leading 2-1, Edmonton put the game away when Buchberger and DeBrusk scored 1:01 apart early in the third period.
Buchberger beat Fuhr with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at 6:08. Despite having Blues defenseman Al MacInnis draped on him, DeBrusk was able to guide a centering pass from Rem Murray past Grant Fuhr just more than a minute later.
Weight then deflected a shot by Kevin Howe over Fuhr at 11:07 of the period to make it 5-1. Twist scored at 12:08 to cut the lead to 5-2, but that was as close as the Blues would come.
The Oilers opened the scoring with less than five minutes remaining in the first period on Weight's 11th goal. Kovalenko got the puck from Satan just outside the left faceoff circle and took a shot. Weight deflected it past Fuhr at 15:49 to make it 1-0.
The same combination did the honors again at 2:41 of the second period. This time, Weight centered the puck from the left corner. It deflected off Satan to Kovalenko, who beat Fuhr with a low slap shot.
The Blues were able to cut the lead to 2-1 at the 6:50 mark with a shorthanded goal. After Joseph stopped Pierre Turgeon on a breakaway, Hull stole the puck from Oilers defenseman Bryan Marchment. Hull waited for Joseph to go down then shot over him for his team-leading 19th goal.