St Louis Blues Beat Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Season Opener


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The Blues started the 2015 season with a bang.

The St Louis Blues played at home for their opening game, and they did not disappoint their loyal fan base. The Blues would be behind early, but would ultimately gain ground and finish the game with a 3-1 victory over Edmonton.

The scoring got started in the first period with a goal from Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and it would be St Louis goaltender Brian Elliott’s only mistake of the night, as he would finish with 23 saves on 24 shots. The Blues would tie the game in the second period with a goal from Vladimir Tarasenko off of a beautiful pass down ice. The Blues then took the lead in the third period on goals from Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri.

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The Blues would take 31 shots compared to the Oilers’ 24, with the majority of the pull coming from the second period, where the Blues shot 14 times compared to the Oilers seven. The Blues also led in hits, takeaways, and faceoffs won.

Robby Fabbri joined an elite group of Blues players to score a goal in their first game. Fabbri is a rookie selected in the 2014 draft.

Oct 8, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (L) celebrates with center David Backes (R) after scoring an empty net goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

St Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said this after the game:

"“I thought where we turned the game around a little bit was in the second half of the second period. We started to really check and create turnovers and really got after them a little bit and started to put a bunch of shots up. That kind of turned the momentum for us a little bit.”"

Tarasenko looks like he will be exactly as advertised after signing a eight-year, $60-million-dollar extension in the offseason. He flat out made the breakaway goal in the second period look like taking candy from a baby.

The Blues have Friday off, but then travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild at 7 P.M. Central standard time.

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