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    January 10, 2019 7:36 am IST
    EDMONTON [url=http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey]Authentic Derwin James Jersey[/url] , Alberta (AP) — A long look at a close call helped the St. Louis Blues take two points Tuesday night and left the Edmonton Oilers scratching their heads.Pat Maroon was credited with the tiebreaking goal following a replay review early in the third period, and St. Louis went on to a 4-1 victory over Edmonton.David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues, who have won three of four. Brayden Schenn had three assists.“It was a real solid team effort,” interim coach Craig Berube said. “Man to man, everybody was dialed in and played a real solid team game for 60 minutes. Special teams were big, we scored a big power-play goal, the penalty kill was excellent.”Jesse Puljujarvi scored for the Oilers, who had won six straight home games.Maroon’s second goal of the season came 2:19 into the final period. Officials determined the puck crossed the line during a goal-mouth scramble, even though initially no goal was called on the ice.“The way it was explained to us was that he pushed on the puck, he didn’t push on the pad,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The pad happened to go with the puck. That was the way it was explained to us. They said they had an overhead view that said the puck was in before the push started. The look that we had was different. So what are you going to do?”Maroon was just happy the goal counted.“I think the longer (the review) goes, the better it is for us. I think if it goes longer [url=http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey]http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey[/url] , they’re making a decision if it crossed the line, and it went long to see if it was goaltender interference, too,” he said. “It means a lot. I’ve been struggling a lot and I haven’t been going to the net as much and I haven’t been finding ways to get the puck in the net.”Edmonton forward Jujhar Khaira was serving a five-minute major for cross-checking when the Blues added to their lead as Tarasenko ended a seven-game drought with his 10th goal of the season.Schwartz put the game away with an empty-netter.St. Louis went ahead eight minutes into the first period when Perron beat Oilers goalie Cam Talbot up high with a wrist shot for his 11th goal of the season.The Blues had 13 first-period shots, while the Oilers only put eight on St. Louis starter Jake Allen, who finished with 22 saves.Edmonton came close five minutes into the second period, but Connor McDavid ripped a shot off the crossbar. The Oilers got the tying goal a couple of minutes after that, however, when Puljujarvi scored on a one-timer — a play that withstood a replay review for a potential offside call.Edmonton defenseman Caleb Jones picked up his first NHL point with an assist.The Oilers came close to grabbing the lead early in the third when Khaira’s shot got behind Allen before being fished out to safety by defender Joel Edmundson.Maroon’s winner came minutes later.NOTES: It was the second of three meetings between the teams. Edmonton won the first one 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 5. … Allen allowed 10 first-period goals on 40 shots in his previous four starts, but blanked Edmonton in the opening period this time.UP NEXTBlues: The second stop on a three-game Western Canada swing comes Thursday in Vancouver.Oilers: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the second game of a five-game homestand. Dallas coach Jim Montgomery had his return to Denver spoiled three weeks ago, but he gets another shot at leading the Stars to a win in the city where he made his mark with the University of Denver for five seasons.Montgomery’s Stars fell to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a Nov. 23 game that they led with less than three minutes to go. Two late goals flipped the script, but they want to exact revenge when the teams meet again on Saturday night at Pepsi Center.For Dallas [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey]Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey[/url] , losing in the third period against Colorado has become a season-long trend. The Stars are 2-6-2 in games in which they are tied after 40 minutes. It’s a big reason they are 16-13-3 more than a third through 2018-19.Article continues below ...“I didn’t know that stat, so I guess that’s something we have to correct,” veteran Blake Comeau told NHL.com after Thursday’s loss at San Jose. “Any time you go into a game, especially on the road, you’ve got to find a way just to grind it out and at least come away with a point.“We’ve had some games where we’ve had leads going into the third or we’re tied in the third and we come away with nothing, so that’s something we definitely have to get better at. We have to be a team that can close games out.”Dallas has a built-in advantage going into Saturday night. While Colorado was losing 4-3 in overtime in St. Louis on Friday night, the Stars were kicking back in their Denver hotel.They also added another player to the roster with the recall of forward Denis Gurianov from the Texas Stars of the AHL.Gurianov, 21, was fourth in the AHL in scoring at the time of his call-up with nine goals and 19 assists. Gurianov joins 19-year-old defenseman Miro Heiskanen on the roster, giving Dallas two solid young players.Heiskanen, the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, is averaging 23 minutes of ice time this season and has 15 points from the blue line.The Avalanche boast several good, young players [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey]Aaron Donald Jersey Elite[/url] , too, starting with the leading scorer in the NHL in 22-year-old forward Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen has 53 points and his linemate, center Nathan MacKinnon, is second with 48 points.The other player on that line, captain Gabe Landeskog, has 19 goals and 19 assists, giving Colorado one of the most formidable lines in the NHL.They have led the Avalanche (17-9-6) to near the top of the Central Division but have stumbled a bit after a 9-0-2 stretch.No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been pulled from his last two starts and has allowed 14 goals in the last four games.“I wish I could say it’s just one thing and we go and fix it,” Stars coach Jared Bednar told HockeyBuzz.com after practice Thursday. “It’s really not; it’s our whole game, really. When you’re a step slow, we don’t look as good. When we’re not playing with the pace and tempo and intent to play a north game, we don’t look as good.”Varlamov will likely be in net Saturday after Philipp Grubauer started against the Blues.

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