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ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- It's 2-0 St. Louis late in the first period and Brad Boyes is staring at a wide open cage.

If he buries it, the St. Louis Blues take a 3-0 lead into the intermission and the place goes ballistic because Keith Tkachuk would have registered his 1,000th point.

He scores and it's game over.

He didn't. Dwayne Roloson robbed him with the glove grab of the season, and Edmonton came back to win.

That was the game, right there, and Roloson saved it.

"That's what good goaltenders do, they give you a chance to stay in the game," said centre Shawn Horcoff. "That save on Boyes was the turning point. Coming back from three goals is tough, it would have been demoralizing.

"We came in here during the first intermission and talked about it, how big of a save that was. Said 'Let's gain some momentum from that.' "

Roloson didn't give up another goal all night, and Edmonton scored two goals late in the second and two more early in the third to post the comeback win.

"That was a big save," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "It ended up being a pretty well executed two on one where you need your goaltender to make a big save and he did it. It not only settles your goaltender down, it settles your team down. That was a real game saver."

Roloson wasn't thinking about anything but getting in the way of the puck.

"(Boyes) he had to take a little bit of time and that gave me the opportunity to get over," he said, adding he isn't worried about how a save looks on the highlight reel. "As long as it stays out it doesn't matter.

"When you're down 2-0 you just want to try and mix in a save and give the guys a chance to battle back."

Roloson started Edmonton's last six games and gave them a chance to win all but one, when he was hooked in the first period in Detroit.

"No rebounds tonight," said MacTavish. "When he's on his game he's like a sponge, everything is absorbed into the body. In the third period they had some really good quality looks and he was up to the task."

FIGHTIN' BACKES

Blues forward David Backes definitely left his mark on the game, as well as the Oilers. First, he yanked Edmonton's first-line centre, Shawn Horcoff, out of a scrum and rained punches on him, then he knocked defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky out of the game with a borderline cheap hit.

It's hard to argue with the way Edmonton responded, considering they came back to win the game, but when somebody on the other team runs roughshod over your guys, doesn't somebody on his team need to pay a price?

Backes played the turtle card for the rest of the night, chickening out when challenged by Jason Strudwick, Dustin Penner and Sheldon Souray, but whether it was Backes himself, or an Oiler jumping a St. Louis skill player like Brad Boyes, shouldn't somebody have done something?

"Strudwick answered it down in the corner when he drilled him with a hit and then wanted to fight him," said MacTavish. "There must have been four guys who asked Backes to fight. There were lots of takers, not only for the hit on Lubo but the fight with Horc."

For the life of him, MacTavish doesn't know how referees Tim Peel and Kelly Sutherland both missed the call on Visnovsky.

"I don't know why that wasn't a penalty. It was right in front of Peel. It was a late hit, a very dangerous hit. Those are the predatory hits where the guy is vulnerable. (Visnovsky) lets the pass go and two steamboats later he gets run over, so I don't know why it wasn't a penalty."

Visnovsky didn't return for the third period, but was walking around after the game and says he feels fine.

"We'll see how he is (for Dallas)," said MacTavish. "He wanted to go out for the third period.

"He was trying to talk the medical staff into it, but it was not the right thing to do, he was still rattled from the hit. We'll assess him (today)."

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GAME GRADES

OVERALL: B+

Offence: A

Defence: B

Goaltending: A

Power play: A

Penalty killing: C

Toughness: F

Effort: B

THREE STARS

Shawn Horcoff, Oilers

A goal and two assists in the final 40 minutes to cue Edmonton's comeback.

Dustin Penner, Oilers

Showed determination in front of the net on his goal and deft hands on his assist.

David Perron, Blues

Sets up the first two St. Louis goals and draws a penalty, all in the first 15 minutes.

WHY THEY WON

Hung in there after a dreadful start, thanks to Dwayne Roloson's goaltending, and capitalized on their chances down the stretch.

PLAY OF DAY

Robert Nilsson drops the puck into his skates, kicks it up to his backhand and sends a perfect pass across the slot that Andrew Cogliano one-times into the top corner to put Edmonton on the board.

SAVE OF GAME

With Edmonton down 2-0, Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes get a 2-on-1 late in the first period, but Dwayne Roloson dives across the net for a spectacular glove save on Boyes. If they score there, it's game over.

UP NEXT

- Stars: Today at 4 p.m. in Dallas, SNet, 630 CHED


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