Wideman scores goal in SO, Stempniak adds two in regulation for win

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Mike Morrison was perfect in shootouts.
Now he has a blemish.

The Oilers rookie goaltender suffered his first loss in six
shootout tries after Dennis Wideman scored to lead the St. Louis
Blues over Edmonton 5-4 on Sunday.

"He went East, I went West," said Morrison, who had returned
for the shootout after being pulled for allowing two goals on the
opening five shots.

"I wanted to get in there and make up for it and keep the
streak alive."

Lee Stempniak scored twice and Keith Tkachuk and Jay McClement
also scored for St. Louis, which improved to 5-1-1 since trading
Doug Weight.

"Happy going into the break," said Wideman, who broke in on
Morrison and kicked his leg before deking to the backhand for his
second goal in four shootout attempts.

"The puck is starting to go in the net of us."

Blues captain Dallas Drake finished with two assists.

Smyth, who will join teammate Chris Pronger on the Canadian
Olympic men's hockey team, tipped Marc-Andre Bergeron's point shot
past Curtis Sanford in the first period, and shoveled a puck past
Sanford in the third for his team-leading 27th goal heading into
the Olympic break.

"Our lineup was pretty depleted," Pronger said. "This was a
big point for us."

Forward Jarret Stoll extended his career-high scoring streak to
nine games with an assist on Torres' opening goal at 3:47.
Stempniak tied the score at 6:05 before Smyth tipped in Bergeron's
point shot to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead 23 seconds later.

"I was impressed with how we bounced back," said Oilers coach
Craig MacTavish. "It was a big goal by Georges."

Tkachuk's power-play goal at 13:29 chased Morrison in favor of
Jussi Markkanen, who made 14 saves.

After Stempniak gave the Blues a 3-2 lead with the only goal of
the second period, Smyth's second goal early in the third tied the
game. McClement scored at 16:24 to put the Blues ahead before
Laraque notched his second of the season at 17:37 to force

Edmonton centre Shawn Horcoff was briefly taken from the ice in
the second period following a head-to-head collision with Hemsky,
who also went to the locker-room but returned soon after. Hemsky,
an Olympian with the Czech Republic, finished with two assists.

Game notes
A Canadian flag autographed by season ticket holders was
presented to Smyth and Pronger before the game. ... Pronger has a
cracked bone in his right foot but says he won't miss his third
Olympics. ... Edmonton forward Ethan Moreau (sprained ankle) and
defensemen Igor Ulanov (ribs) and Dick Tarnstrom (respiratory
infection) also sat out. ... Eight Blues who played Sunday didn't
start the season with the team. ... Drake has gone 22 games without
a goal.