|FLA||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|NJD||2||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -Martin Rucinsky scored twice as the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday afternoon.
Bryce Salvador, Martin Rucinsky and Jay McClement also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in its last eight games. Back-up goalie Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the Blues.
Rookie Brad Winchester scored twice for the Oilers. Fernando Pisani had the other Edmonton goal.
St. Louis led 3-2 early in the third period when Lee Stempniak gave the Blues some insurance. He took a pass from Keith Tkachuk, skated down left wing and lifted a backhander over Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen.
Pisani cut the advantage in half with a power-play goal with 3:32 remaining, but Rucinsky put the game away with an empty net goal with 4 seconds remaining.
The Blues briefly had a two-goal advantage in the second period. Rucinsky gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he beat Markkanen with a wrist shot from the left circle at the 2-minute mark. McClement made it 3-1 when he swatted home the rebound of Eric Brewer's shot at 18:39 of the period.
But Winchester got the Oilers back in it before the period was over with his second goal. Winchester broke into the St. Louis zone and surprised Sanford, who was screened by Brewer, with a wrist shot from between the circles with 4.6 seconds left.
A similar event occurred in the first period when Salvador gave the Blues a 1-0 advantage on a slap shot from the left point at the 14:03 mark. Just 42 seconds later, Winchester tied the game 1-1 off a scramble for a loose puck in front of Sanford.
Notes: St. Louis begins a five-game road trip starting in Calgary on Tuesday night and will not return to the Scottrade Center until Nov. 25. ... Winchester has three goals in his last four games. ... Rucinsky's goal was his first since Oct. 17. ... Blues defenseman Matt Walker left the game with a groin strain and did not return.
|PPG - Patrik Elias Slapshot - ASST: Sergei Brylin , Paul Martin|
1 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Zach Parise Wrist shot - ASST: John Madden , Johnny Oduya|
2 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Sergei Brylin Slapshot - ASST: Brian Rafalski , Patrik Elias|
3 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Stephen Weiss Wrist shot - ASST: Gary Roberts|
3 - 1 NJD
|Jamie Langenbrunner Wrist shot - ASST: Jim Dowd , Jay Pandolfo|
4 - 1 NJD
|Chris Gratton Slapshot - ASST: Ruslan Salei|
4 - 2 NJD
|Branislav Mezei Hooking against Travis Zajac|
|Bryan Allen Tripping against Jim Dowd|
|Branislav Mezei Hooking against Brian Gionta|
|Nathan Horton Interference|
|Juraj Kolnik Throwing stick|
|Cam Janssen Fighting (maj) against Steve Montador|
|Cam Janssen Charging against Juraj Kolnik|
|Steve Montador Misconduct (10 min)|
|Steve Montador Fighting (maj) against Cam Janssen|
|Steve Montador Instigator against Cam Janssen|
|Nathan Horton Roughing against Michael Rupp|
|Michael Rupp Roughing against Nathan Horton|
|Johnny Oduya Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Chris Gratton Elbowing against Brian Gionta|
|Gregory Campbell Fighting (maj) against Michael Rupp|
|Michael Rupp Fighting (maj) against Gregory Campbell|
|Mike Van Ryn Hooking against Jay Pandolfo|
|Erik Rasmussen Hi-sticking against Bryan Allen|
|Brad Lukowich Interference against Gary Roberts|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:19|
|Saves: 20||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 5|
|SV%: .833||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 20||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 18||EV: 16 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .900||SH: 1 - 1|