The St. Louis Blues continued their winning ways against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
“The game in the first period was up for grabs,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “Edmonton was probably a bit more energized, but halfway through the second period we started to get on the grind and took it over. We did a good job at the end of the second period and a great job the whole third period.”
Lehtera, Stastny and Steen each finished with two points for the Blues (3-1-0, 6 points), who also got two assists from Troy Brouwer. Tarasenko (three goals, two assists), Steen (two goals, three assists) and Brouwer (two goals, three assists) lead St. Louis with five points apiece through the first four games.
The Oilers (0-4-0, 0 points) got goals from Lauri Korpikoski and Taylor Hall in their home opener.
“Every team wants to play their best game in home opener,” Tarasenko told reporters. “The game was a really hard game for us and for them. I’m really happy to have these two points because we have a really hard road trip right now and this is important for us.”
The Blues, who got 18 saves from Brian Elliott in his third win of the season, will continue their season-long six-game road on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Oilers led 1-0 after just 1:36 on Korpikoski’s first goal of the season, but the Blues answered less than two minutes later with Lehtera’s first of the year, which was assisted by Brouwer and Jaden Schwartz.
Tarasenko scored on a rocket late in the second period after a face-off win by Lehtera and a pass from Jay Bouwmeester.
“I think with him he just shoots it quick, hard and then through traffic,” Stastny told reporters. “From our bench you could see it coming in the whole time. The goalie didn’t see it at all. It goes right next to a defenseman’s legs.”
Stastny scored a power-play goal, his first of the season, at the 4:20 mark of the third period, assisted by Steen and Alex Pietrangelo, to put St. Louis ahead 3-1.
Hall cut the deficit with a goal two minutes later, but Edmonton wouldn’t be able to score the equalizer.
Steen tallied his second goal of the season, assisted by Brouwer and Stastny, with 2:09 left to secure the Blues’ second straight victory.