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Blues score eight goals in win against Oilers

Tarasenko, Schenn, Schwartz combine for 12 points

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz combined for 12 points, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-3 at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

Schenn had two goals and two assists to extend his NHL career-high point streak to eight games (seven goals, 12 assists). Tarasenko had two goals and two assists, and Schwartz had a goal and three assists for the Blues (16-5-1), who won their third straight and 10th in the past 13 games.

"When you see other guys playing hard, blocking shots, you can't be [the] only guy who doesn't do this," Tarasenko said. "You just look at other guys, how they play, and they probably look on us how we play. That's how we end up playing for each other. You just try to leave your teammate in a better spot and create a good situation for them to continue playing."

 

[WATCH: All Oilers vs. Blues highlights]

 

Dmitrij Jaskin, Scottie Upshall and Paul Stastny scored, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for St. Louis.

"Obviously the score is exciting, we scored lots of goals," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "There was lots of good things that got to that point. A little bit disappointed we gave up a few at the end. I would like to tighten the ship a little more and play a bit better for Jake in that instance; I hate to say it, but sometimes it's human nature too."

Milan Lucic, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse scored for the Oilers (7-12-2), who lost for the fifth time in six games. Laurent Brossoit allowed six goals on 37 shots after replacing Cam Talbot, who allowed two goals on three shots.

"That's indefensible on my behalf," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "I can't stand here and buy into [excuses] or anything else. In every facet of the game we were second. It wasn't even close, and I'm very, very concerned, obviously, the way some individuals played tonight, many of them, and it's indefensible on my behalf, and we're responsible for having the team ready and obviously they weren't."

The Blues took a 1-0 lead on Tarasenko's shot that double-deflected off Connor McDavid's stick then off Adam Larsson's stick at 3:13 of the first period.

Video: EDM@STL: Tarasenko's wrister pinballs into the net

Jaskin made it 2-0 at 7:35 after outworking Ryan Strome off the wall with the puck. His wrist shot from inside the right circle beat Talbot high, short side on the Blues' third shot.

Schwartz's 100th NHL goal came at 3:52 of the second period to make it 3-0 on a rebound, and Schenn scored with 30 seconds remaining to make it 4-0.

The teams combined for seven third-period goals.

Lucic scored at 6:09 off a McDavid pass to make it 4-1. Upshall made it 5-1 at 7:39.

Tarasenko's second made it 6-1 at 12:21; Schenn's 10th of the season made it 7-1 at 14:37; Draisaitl scored at 15:11 to make it 7-2; Stastny made it 8-2 at 16:58, and Nurse finished the scoring with his first of the season at 18:49 for the 8-3 final.

Video: EDM@STL: Tarasenko uses nifty move, scores short side

 

Goal of the game

Jaskin's goal at 7:35 of the first period.

Video: EDM@STL: Jaskin protects puck, roofs perfect wrister

 

Save of the game

Allen's shorthanded save on Kris Russell at 7:55 of the second period.

Video: EDM@STL: Allen denies Russell's shorthanded chance

 

Highlight of the game

Upshall's goal at 7:39 of the third period.

Video: EDM@STL: Upshall finishes the Blues' pretty passing

 

They said it

"First of all, we need to start games off better, myself included. Obviously giving up the first shot in the last couple of games puts us behind the eight ball right away and we feel we have to dig ourselves out, and that's not the way you feel you have to play. So I feel like we need to clear a few things up, myself included, obviously, and make some big saves early and give the guys confidence in me and then they can go do their job on the other end." -- Oilers goalie Cam Talbot

"Usually we don't want to get in games like that. They only had 11 shots through almost two periods. We had the puck a lot, we were playing in their end, controlling it, kind of wearing them down. Obviously some nice goals. That's just kind of the way things are going out there right now." -- Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester

 

Need to know

It was the most goals scored by the Blues since March 30, 2011, a 10-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings. … Bouwmeester made his season debut after missing 21 games with a fractured left ankle. ... Defenseman Adam Larsson played his 100th game with Edmonton. … Tarasenko had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a second-period fight against Matt Benning. Tarasenko also had one Nov. 13, 2014 against the Nashville Predators. 

 

What's next

Oilers: At the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNW, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Nashville Predators on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-MW, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Tarasenko, Schenn each score twice in Blues' 8-3 win

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