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Stewart leads Blues past Oilers 5-0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

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Stewart leads Blues past Oilers 5-0
St. Louis Blues 5, Edmonton Oilers 0
EDMONTON, Alta. -- Chris Stewart has made himself right at home with the St. Louis Blues.

Stewart scored twice on Friday night, giving him six goals in five games since being acquired from Colorado, as the Blues routed the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 at Rexall Place on Friday night.

Stewart, who came with Kevin Shattenkirk for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional first-round draft choice last Saturday, surpassed the team mark for most goals in the first five games with the franchise. The previous record-holder: Brett Hull, who had five in his first five games after being acquired from Calgary.

"Any time you're going to be mentioned in the same sentence as a guy the stature of Brett Hull, it's a blessing," Stewart said. "He's done a lot for the game of hockey and this organization."

Patrick Berglund, Roman Polak and Matt D'Agostini also scored to back Ben Bishop, who made 39 saves for his first NHL shutout. The Blues snapped snap a three-game losing streak as they try to climb back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference. They have 65 points, leaving them five out of the last playoff berth.

"I don't really care about the shutout as much as I do about the win," Bishop said. "We needed a win there, so I think getting the win is a lot more special."

The Oilers came in on a 4-1-0 roll after a 5-1 win at Colorado on Wednesday, but they couldn't handle Stewart, who now has 19 goals for the season.

"They've taken me with open arms and I've managed to fit right in," Stewart said of his new teammates. "I find I'm very streaky.

"I pride myself on being a power-forward and going into the tough areas to score. I've been getting the bounces lately."

Bishop, a towering 6-foot-7 goalie playing just his third game of the season and ninth of his NHL career after Ty Conklin played in a 3-2 loss in Vancouver on Thursday, had a 3-0 lead to work with before the game was 25 minutes old.

"You've got to give him credit. He played well," Edmonton's Sam Gagner said of Bishop. "We threw a lot of shots at him, obviously, with 39 shots. We still could have done some things differently, got a little more traffic there and stopped the cute plays."

Stewart, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound forward who scored 52 goals in 166 games over parts of three seasons with Colorado, opened the scoring 2:07 into the game, firing home a rebound after Devan Dubnyk stopped Berglund's shot to put the Blues ahead.

"A couple of clean opportunities there, especially with the first one, got us off to a good start," coach David Payne said.

Berglund upped it to 2-0 on a power play with less than three minutes to play in the opening period, deftly redirecting a slap-pass from Alex Steen behind Dubnyk.

Dubnyk, who beat the Avalanche with a 38-save performance, didn't look particularly sharp on Stewart's second of the game 4:19 into the second period. He couldn't get a handle on Stewart's snap shot and the puck trickled behind him and into the net.

Polak and D'Agostini added late goals as the Blues wound up scoring five times on just 22 shots.

"Every goalie has lots of games like this in their career," Dubnyk said. "You just tuck it away and get back to practice tomorrow. It doesn't feel good. I'm sure it's not going to be a good sleep tonight, but it's right back at it tomorrow."

scoring summary
1st Period
02:07
STL
Chris Stewart (18) ASST: Patrik Berglund (24), Roman Polak (5)
1 - 0 STL
17:48
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (17) ASST: Alexander Steen (29), Carlo Colaiacovo (15)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
04:19
STL
PPG - Chris Stewart (19) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
15:59
STL
Roman Polak (2) ASST: Brad Boyes (29), Barret Jackman (12)
4 - 0 STL
17:53
STL
Matt D'Agostini (13) ASST: Cam Janssen (1), Andy McDonald (18)
5 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
15:48
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hi stick - double minor against  Barret Jackman
18:07
STL
Roman Polak  Holding against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
02:34
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Cross checking against  T.J. Oshie
14:45
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Roughing against  B.J. Crombeen
14:45
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
17:37
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hi stick - double minor against  T.J. Oshie
3rd Period
10:53
EDM
Theo Peckham  Misconduct
10:53
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Slashing against  Colin Fraser
10:53
EDM
Colin Fraser  Cross checking against  Kevin Shattenkirk
12:48
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
18:00
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting against  Jason Strudwick
18:00
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Fighting against  Cam Janssen
goalie stats
Ben Bishop
SA: 39TOI: 59:54
Saves: 39EV: 32 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .773SH: 0 - 0