Nugent-Hopkins leads Oilers to 3-1 win over Blues

Oct 26, 2022, 7:59 AM | Updated: 8:39 pm
Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, left, is congratulated by Zach Hyman (18) after scoring durin...

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, left, is congratulated by Zach Hyman (18) after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

              Edmonton Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto (56) and St. Louis Blues' Colton Parayko (55) chase after a loose puck along the boards during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Colton Parayko (55) controls the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto (56) watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko (91) is unable to get off a shot as Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Ivan Barbashev (49) is unable to score past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, left, is congratulated by Zach Hyman (18) after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 200th career goal to break a tie in the third period, Stuart Skinner stopped 35 shots, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Wednesday night.

“To be honest, I didn’t know it was 200,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “We just stuck with it the entire game. It was a hard-fought game the whole way through.”

Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist and Jesse Puljujarvi also scored to help the Oilers win their first road game after starting the season with a six-game homestand.

“I think we should be happy,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “We had a few little breakdowns. We had Stu when we needed him and the D-men made some big plays. The first one was a good one.”

Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington finished with 25 saves.

“You know, (we) played a pretty solid game,” Binnington said. “Unfortunate outcome, you know. Ultimately, we want wins. We’re hoping for wins. I think we’re gonna stay calm and keep building.”

Other than the O’Reilly goal, Skinner was outstanding.

“We got a great goaltending performance from Stuart Skinner,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “This was in a tough building. Nobody expects game like that more than Stuart Skinner himself. He has the confidence of the coaching staff. I started him because I thought he’d help us win the game.”

Nugent-Hopkins scored with 6:16 remaining with his fourth of the season to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead. Binnington made a big save on a shot by Hyman, but Nugent-Hopkins crashed the net and scored.

Blues coach Craig Berube was not happy with how Edmonton scored the game-winning goal.

“That goal we gave up, the go-ahead goal, that shouldn’t happen,” Berube said. “We’ve got numbers in there. We’ve got to win that. That play shouldn’t happen.”

Hyman added an empty-netter with 27 seconds remaining to seal the win.

The game was an early-season rematch after the Blues held the Oilers to a season-low 23 shots-on-goal en route to a 2-0 shutout victory last Saturday.

Puljujarvi got the Oilers on the scoreboard first at 6:07 of the opening period as he tipped Darnell Nurse’s shot from center point past Binnington.

The Blues tied it with a power-play goal with 5 seconds left in the second period. O’Reilly batted in a rebound off Skinner’s leg for his first of the season.

St. Louis outshot the Oilers 20-6 in the second period.

“It was a lot of fun. I was trying to enjoy myself out there,” Skinner said. “The guys made some amazing blocks for me. It was awesome. I was trying to find my groove as quickly as I could.”

ICE CHIPS

The Blues have signed C Tyler Pitlick to a one-year, one-way contract. Pitlick, 30, came to the Blues organization on a professional tryout ahead of 2022 training camp. Originally drafted by Edmonton in the second round (No. 31 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward is a veteran of eight NHL seasons, including stints with Edmonton, Dallas, Philadelphia, Arizona, Calgary, and Montreal. … The Blues wore CVPA stickers on their helmets to support the students and teachers/staff and Central Visual & Performing Arts where a student and a teacher were killed Monday. … St. Louis is only team Connor McDavid does not average a point per game against with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 20 games.

INJURIES

Oilers: C Dylan Holloway (upper-body injury) is listed as day to day.

Blues: LW Pavel Buchnevich (lower-body injury) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. LW Brandon Saad (upper-body injury) remains out.

UP NEXT

Oilers: At Chicago on Thursday night.

Blues: At Nashville on Thursday night.

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