Blues beat Oilers for fifth straight win

ST. LOUIS — Vladimir Tarasenko, David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen all scored goals as the Blues beat the visiting Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The Blues (27-13-3, 57 points) have now won five straight games and improved to 16-4-1 at home this season. Jori Lehtera and Barret Jackman each added two assists. Jake Allen made 13 saves.

“We played well," Allen said. "I think we got behind the eight ball against Carolina and we had to battle back. You never want to be in that position. Guys came out of the gate flying and we played well. We didn’t give them much and we played a solid 200-foot game I thought.”

The Oilers (10-25-9, 29 points), who got two goals from Benoit Pouliot, had won two of their last four games.

The Blues scored twice in the first period.

Tarasenko tallied his 24th, assisted by Lehtera and Jackman, with 6:11 remaining in the period on a shot that trickled past Ben Scrivens after the Oilers goalie got his stick on it.

Then Backes redirected a centering pass from Lehtera past Scrivens with 3:19 left in the period for his 15th of the season.

“That was a really nice goal," Lehtera said. "I just throw it there, I closed my eyes and hoped.”

The goal, assisted by Lehtera and T.J. Oshie, gave the Blues captain and reigning NHL No. 1 star of the week nine points (six goals, three assists) in his last four games and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over nine games.

Schwartz redirected a shot from Jackman for his 15th goal of the season with 14:30 left in the second period to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead.

“I didn’t see him at all," Jackman said. "I was actually just trying to put it on net and it happened to go off an Edmonton forward’s stick and then Schwartzy got a good tip on it and put it in the far side.”

The goal, which was also assisted by Tarasenko, gave Schwartz points in eight consecutive games and 12 points (six goals, six assists) during that streak.

The Oilers got one back with Pouliot’s power-play goal on a redirection of a long shot from Justin Schultz with 11:23 left in the third period.

Steen scored his 13th of the season on a blistering slapshot to give the Blues a 4-1 lead with 3:34 remaining after Backes won a faceoff in the right circle.

Then Pouliot scored his second of the game and eighth of the season on a wrister with 1:56 left to cut the deficit to 4-2.

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