10/08 22:18 CDT Fabbri gets tiebreaker in 3rd as Blues beat Oilers, McDavid
Fabbri gets tiebreaker in 3rd as Blues beat Oilers, McDavid
By NATE LATSCH
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway
through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday
night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid's NHL debut.
Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the
second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining
in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, took 22 shifts, played
18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer's goal. He had two shots on goal, and
struggled on faceoffs --- winning only three of 13.
Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward --- and McDavid's childhood friend --- was also
playing in his first NHL game. The Blues' first-round pick in 2014 was one of
three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and
Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke
power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo
tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott.
Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38
remaining in the period.
Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with
a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.
Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason,
was the last Blues player to score in his debut.
NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. ...
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck.
... The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.