Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Oilers Win by `Subtraction'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Oilers Win by `Subtraction'

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Coach Mike Keenan called for an optional pregame skate Thursday morning. His Blues players apparently thought the game against the Edmonton Oilers was optional for 1 1/2 periods.

Then the Blues roused themselves and seemed to have won the game when Denis Chasse scored with 30.8 seconds left in regulation.

Instead, that goal was disallowed and Edmonton pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory on Zdeno Ciger's goal with 1:41 left.

Referee Paul Devorski waved off Chasse's goal despite failing to call the infraction when it occurred. Brendan Shanahan had high-sticked Fredrik Olausson at center ice, allowing Jeff Norton to skate in two on one with Chasse, who scored on a tap-in.

But after consulting with his linesmen, Devorski handed Shanhan

a five-minute major penalty and automatic ejection.

The man-advantage was wiped out early in overtime when Igor Kravchuk hit Brett Hull with a high stick and received the same penalty as Shanahan.

But on a two on one against Blues defenseman Rick Zombo, Ciger took a centering pass from Doug Weight and hit the open net.

The goal ended the Blues' unbeaten streak at six games and spoiled a fabulous effort by goalie Jon Casey. The Blues continue their five-game trip tonight in Vancouver.

The Blues fell behind 2-0 before rallying to tie on second-period goals by Steve Duchesne and Hull. But the first period may have been the Blues' worst since the last time they were here, a 6-5 loss on March 14.

This time, by a merciful quirk, they found themselves down only 1-0 after at the first intermission. Only good work by Casey and bad marksmanship by the Oilers kept the Blues in the game.

In the first couple of minutes, the Oilers had three scoring chances. Casey held his ice.

Edmonton continued to outhit and outhustle the Blues. The Oilers were rewarded at 14 minutes 23 seconds, when defenseman Ken Sutton finally beat Casey.

Sutton was cruising in alone on the left side when the rebound of Jason Arnott's shot landed on his stick. …

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