The St. Louis Blues started their three-game road trip in Edmonton and used two power play goals and a big second period to push past the Oilers. Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second of their 5-2 win. Chris Stewart scored in the first on the power play, and Patrik Berglund added an empty-netter in the third.
Brian Elliott made 16 saves for the Blues. Ilya Bryzgalov faced 29 shots as the Blues jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead after outshooting the Oilers 14-7.
After Nail Yapukov tied the game, Lapierre gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at the 2:18 mark of the second. Less than three minutes later, Edmonton knotted the game, before Backes’ power play goal put the Blues up for good at the 10:56 mark.
Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester were named to Team Canada’s Olympic squad earlier in the day, giving the Blues ten Olympic players from various countries.
The Blues continue their three-game road trip against the Calgary Flames on Thursday.