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Oilers win third of four

2/5/2004

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ryan Smyth broke out of a goal drought
at the St. Louis Blues' expense.

Smyth scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers beat St. Louis
5-3 Wednesday night, extending the Blues' winless streak to
eight games.

"That was one of my better ones, no question," said Smyth, who
hadn't scored since Jan. 17 -- an eight-game stretch. "Obviously,
everything's been magnified in the last month. So it's nice to
chalk up a win and a couple of goals.

Radek Dvorak had a goal and an assist and Ethan Moreau also
scored in Edmonton's four-goal second period.

Smyth added a goal in the third to clinch the Oilers' third
victory in their last four games.

"He's a real character guy, a real passionate guy," teammate
Steve Staios said. "It's good to see him come through. Sometimes
you get into a situation where you can't put the puck in the back
of the net. But it's certainly not for lack of effort from him."

Chris Pronger, Jamal Mayers and Keith Tkachuk scored for the
struggling Blues, who've lost a season-high four straight and are
0-7-1-0 in their last eight.

"There was hard work by both teams, some good chances, some good
hockey, but we're finding ways to give them away," said former
Oilers captain Doug Weight, who had a pair of assists for St.
Louis. "No excuses. We've got to find a way to win."

Game notes
Edmonton forward Brad Isbister missed his second straight
game because of a sprained right ankle. ... Pronger's second-period
power-play goal broke the Blues' 0-for-36 drought on the road.