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Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - David Backes' power-play goal in the second 
period  proved to be the difference as the St. Louis Blues took a 5-2 win over 
the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. 

Chris  Stewart,  Maxim Lapierre,  Vladimir Tarasenko  and Patrik Berglund also 
scored  for the Blues,  winners in six straight. Brian Elliot made 16 saves in 
the win. 

Nail  Yakupov and Mark Arcobello scored one goal apiece for the Oilers, losers 
in five of their last six games. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 29 shots 
in the loss. 

Stewart's  power-play goal  at 12:46 of the  first period have the Blues a 1-0 
lead.  Stewart  weaved through defenders and  had an open look, but was turned 
away  by Bryzgalov.  Derek Roy,  though,  found Stewart  at the  point and  he 
unleashed a slapshot for his fourth goal in two games against Edmonton. 

Yakupov  scored 1:36  into the second period  when his snap shot from the left 
circle eluded traffic and found the back of the net. 

Lapierre  put the Blues  back in front with his wrister just 42 seconds later. 
Lapierre  corralled the  puck in  the corner  and drove  to the  net and  beat 
Bryzgalov for the 2-1 edge. 

Arcobello's fourth goal of the season knotted things up at 2-2 when he blasted 
a wrister into the back of the net at the 5:10 mark. 

Backes'  marker at 10:56  gave St. Louis the lead for good. Backes took a pass 
at the left circle and was able to thread a shot past Bryzgalov. 

"They played us pretty hard for the first half of the game before we got a 
power-play goal that allowed us to lock down the hatches after that," said 
Backes. 

Taresnko blasted a shot off the draw to make it 4-2, and Berglund scored on an 
empty net in the third for the final margin. 

"I didn't love our start," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "I thought we were 
watching them play, especially in our own zone, we weren't initiating 
contact." 

                                   Game Notes 

The Blues  improved to  20-0-2 when  leading after two  periods ... St. Louis 
scored  five goals  for the 13th time  this season ... Edmonton fell to 2-23-1 
when trailing after two periods. 

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