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Losing hurts but sometimes there’s gain with pain, especially when you’re playing the St. Louis Blues in the Show-Me state of Missouri.

So while Edmonton lost to the Stanley Cup champions Wednesday, it was a tutorial maybe more lasting than anything coach Dave Tippett tells them about how to play and win. Fact is, the Oilers should be wanting more games against the Blues, like six not the three on the schedule.

The other day in Dallas, Andrew Cogliano was talking of the Blues, and how he admires them.

“If you want to play your game against them, you’ll lose … but if you’re willing to engage in the fight from the first face-off until the last you have a chance to win,” said the Stars’ winger.

The Oilers were willing Wednesday but not as able as the Blues, who have way more forward depth and play like the dirt road more than the highway.

Taking the body, working the corners, give-and-goes, quick passes into the slot, major support for the guy with the puck.

It helps that they have the best group of top-four defencemen in the NHL, big and mobile. It helps that they have the NHL’s top two-way forward in Ryan O’Reilly, who played half his shifts against Connor McDavid Wednesday, and does it with guile. He does get away with stuff but not with the greasiness of Ryan Kesler. It also helps that they are a veteran group.

“You can learn a lot from a team like that … they wear you down, they’re good with the puck, they cycle, they win every battle, they stop on pucks,” said Oiler winger Zack Kassian.

‘They know to play and how to play with the lead, the right way. They lock it down and you have to really work for your chances. They do the things you have to do to win.”

While the Oilers hung in because of some marvellous work from goalie Mikko Koskinen and the best road penalty-kill in the league, which has only given up five goals in 20 games, before putting heat on Blues goalie Jake Allen in the third, this was one of those learning losses.

“What I take from playing the Blues is how they play for the full 60 minutes,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “They have the same mindset, every single line and they have it for the full 60. That’s something we want to get better at. We’re working on it but that’s a championship team for a reason.”

There’s no short-cuts playing the Blues. The Oilers didn’t go away, though.

“With all the penalties we had to kill, that’s hard. You use up your D a lot when you do that. For those guys it’s tough to get the juice late in the game,” said Nugent-Hopkins.

“I thought we had them in their zone the last 10 minutes but found the net too late and we ran out of time on the second one,” said defenceman Adam Larsson, who blocked one sure PP goal by Justin Faulk in the second, stopping the open-net shot with his foot.

“They’re an extremely hard team to play against. Big D-men too,” said Larsson.

Tippett liked his team’s push, but thought his players struggled to create much until the third.

“Give St. Louis credit but we needed to make more plays with speed, get up the ice cleaner,” said Tippett, who figures the Blues are a teaching tool, for sure.

“You learn how hard they compete for pucks. If you’re not willing to engage in the battles and make hard plays in those battles, you’ll be chasing the game and that’s what we were doing.”

It’s difficult playing that style, but …

“You play that style, you win more than you lose,” said Tippett.

When the Blues have the puck, it’s textbook support.

“They play in the offensive zone like (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg did in Detroit, lots of 10-foot passes,” said former Wings GM Ken Holland, now running the Oilers.

Blues coach Craig Berube put his fan’s hat on Tuesday, saying it’s fun to watch Connor McDavid and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. “We need them in our game,” said Berube, who is paid to win, not be entertained. However, that’s what he was looking for Wednesday.

McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who were on for the winning Mackenzie MacEachern goal, had 11 shots on Jake Allen but they were held without a point and when that happens, the Oilers have lost 25 straight games.

“The guys on the ice against Connor and (Leon) Draisaitl are all focused on shutting them down, with and without the puck. When we’ve got the puck against them, we do a good job of hanging onto it, being patient, slowing them down,” said Berube. “And when we don’t have it, we’re being cautious, back-tracking on them, trying not give them time. You need buy-in from your team.”

McDavid and Draisaitl made mistakes on the winner, for sure, but before we castigate them, their defensive work could be better. But so could three-quarters of their forward teammates’ offence.

“We score by committee,” said Berube.

The Oilers, who need two to three more forwards, could use more of that.

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