|St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves hits Oilers' Jeff Petry as they fight for the puck during the first period of Friday's game in St. Louis. (Reuters)
In other news, the Edmonton Oilers also lost the game.
But the real punch in the stomach came before the final buzzer, when the Oilers sent out word that Taylor Hall, barely back from his two-game suspension, is out of commission with a leg injury.
From bad to worse, it was.
The game itself was bad enough. The Oilers St. Louis Blew it, watching an undeserved 2-0 lead dissolve before their weary eyes in a lopsided 4-2 loss.
And we do mean watching. They did a lot of standing around while St. Louis ground them into submission. The Blues limited Edmonton to just 11 through 40 minutes before taking over in the third.
It bagan as a typical Ken Hitchcock chess match, with the Oilers not getting a sniff of anything even closely resembling offence. Two shots in the first 15 minutes. That’s it.
Then, boom. Hall scored on a rebound at 17:30 and Ryan (The Scratch) Whitney on a one-timer 23 seconds later and the game was suddenly on its ear.