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Stewart leads Blues past Oilers 5-0

by Robin Brownlee /
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."

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