Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edmonton Gets Last Laugh on Blues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edmonton Gets Last Laugh on Blues

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Veteran Marc Bergevin didn't mince words in assessing the Blues' 4-1 loss to the short-handed Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Kiel Center.

He called it a farce and a joke, sprinkling his commentary with expletives. "It's starting to be frustrating," he said.

Frustrating isn't the word for it. Perhaps embarrassing would be a better fit for what happened Sunday night to disappoint a crowd of 17,982. The Blues lost to a team that didn't even have enough healthy bodies to dress 18 players. Injuries, illness and a suspension sidelined six Oilers, leaving them with 17 able-bodied players. No. 2 scorer Andrei Kovalenko sat out with a hip pointer. Second-line winger Dean McAmmond had a bad back. Top-scoring defenseman Boris Mironov was out with a groin injury. Winger Miroslav Satan came down with the flu on Sunday morning. Veteran Donald Dufresne has a broken foot. And captain Kelly Buchberger served a one-game suspension. "A few of their best players were out, and we didn't even play," Bergevin said. "Come on." The guys who played weren't exactly in tip-top shape, either. Defenseman Jeff Norton played two days after suffering a mild concussion and probably shouldn't have been in the lineup. Winger Petr Klima, Satan's roomie, got sick on the bench and didn't play in the third period. And No. 1 center Doug Weight, replacing Buchberger as captain, played with a sore right ankle and a painful cut on his left elbow. No problem. Weight scored two goals, including the winner with 47 seconds remaining in the second period to break a 1-1 deadlock and break the Blues' collective backs. "We didn't recover from the goal at the end of the second period," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. The failure to recover sent Bergevin over the edge. "We're battling for our (playoff) lives and one goal is going to kill us?" he asked. "They wanted it more than we did. That's what it comes down to. It's a farce, a bleeping joke." The Blues' effort in the third period was a joke. After outshooting the Oilers 24-18 through two periods, the Blues were outshot 12-3 in the final period as the Oilers put away the game with Weight's second goal and an empty-netter by former Blues prospect Mike Grier, who also had two goals. …

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