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Blues 5, Oilers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 5, Oilers 3
Florida Panthers 2, New Jersey Devils 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:36
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (3) ASST: Sergei Brylin (5), Paul Martin (5)
1 - 0 NJD
17:02
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (7) ASST: John Madden (6), Johnny Oduya (2)
2 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
01:27
NJD
PPG - Sergei Brylin (3) ASST: Brian Rafalski (9), Patrik Elias (8)
3 - 0 NJD
06:46
FLA
PPG - Stephen Weiss (4) ASST: Gary Roberts (7)
3 - 1 NJD
11:50
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner (4) ASST: Jim Dowd (1), Jay Pandolfo (3)
4 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
08:02
FLA
Chris Gratton (4) ASST: Ruslan Salei (7)
4 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
05:07
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
14:59
FLA
Bryan Allen  Tripping against  Jim Dowd
15:19
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Hooking against  Brian Gionta
2nd Period
01:12
FLA
Nathan Horton  Interference
01:20
FLA
Juraj Kolnik  Throwing stick
04:54
NJD
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
04:54
NJD
Cam Janssen  Charging against  Juraj Kolnik
04:54
FLA
Steve Montador  Misconduct (10 min)
04:54
FLA
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
04:54
FLA
Steve Montador  Instigator against  Cam Janssen
05:37
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
05:37
NJD
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Nathan Horton
06:18
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:45
FLA
Chris Gratton  Elbowing against  Brian Gionta
12:55
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
12:55
NJD
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
13:13
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Hooking against  Jay Pandolfo
16:49
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Allen
18:22
NJD
Brad Lukowich  Interference against  Gary Roberts
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 24TOI: 59:19
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 20TOI: 59:58
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1