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Edmonton Oilers fall to NHL-leading St. Louis Blues

Edmonton Oilers defencemen Justin Schultz (left) and Mark Fraser, along with goaltender Ben...

Edmonton Oilers defencemen Justin Schultz (left) and Mark Fraser, along with goaltender Ben Scrivens defend the crease against St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, March 13, 2014. (DILIP VISHWANAT/Getty Images/AFP)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Everyone knew before the puck dropped that the St. Louis Blues were better than the Edmonton Oilers.

The purpose of those 60 minutes Thursday night was to determine how much better.

The answer is, like, lots.

Lots and lots and lots and lots better.

In a game between 29th and first that many feared would deteriorate into a rout, the Oilers hung on for as long as they could, taking a 2-2 tie into the second intermission against the St. Louis Blues before finally buckling under the relentless pressure and giving way to the predictable, crushing 6-2 defeat.

This one started better than it ended.

David Perron opened the scoring for Edmonton, waiting just 7:39 before getting under the skin of his old team. Perron’s 25th of the season came against the flow, with St. Louis dominating the first period.

But thanks to Ben Scrivens in the Edmonton net, all the Blues had to show for a 15-8 shot advantage was a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.


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