(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues take aim at a season-high sixth
straight victory on Tuesday night as they try and hand the Edmonton Oilers
another lopsided defeat this season.
The Blues have logged a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) and sit second
overall in the Central Division with 63 points, four back of the Chicago
St. Louis will play three straight on the road beginning tonight after besting
the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Saturday. That win improved the
Blues to 17-3-2 at home this season.
Down 2-0 going into the second period, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and
Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals to put the Blues in front. Berglund
then began another three-goal spurt in the third period with his sixth tally
of the season before Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo capped the scoring
"I think it shows a lot of character that we have on this team," said
Lapierre. "The game is never over and it's really important because these
things happen in the playoffs and you have to get used to it."
In his fourth straight start, Brian Elliott made 22 saves for a Blues club
that also won five straight from Nov. 19-27 and last won six in a row from
Elliott has won each of his last six decisions and 13 in a row at home, while
Schwartz has logged 10 points over a career-high eight-game point streak. He
has scored a goal in seven of those games.
Schwartz tallied once in a 6-0 win over the hosting Oilers back on Dec. 21.
Christ Stewart notched his third career hat trick in the win while adding an
assist, and Elliott made 23 saves.
Berglund also had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have beaten the
Oilers in six of seven and in 12 of the previous 15 meetings. They have taken
three in a row and six of the last eight in Edmonton.
Ilya Bryzgalov yielded all six goals on 33 shots for the Oilers.
That loss to St. Louis was Edmonton's sixth in a row, a slump it snapped with
back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Calgary.
The Oilers then lost another four in a row, the first two past regulation,
before a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Jordan Eberle, who
missed Friday's loss to Anaheim with a knee injury, scored twice and Boyd
Gordon had the game-winner 8:20 into the third period.
Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and Bryzgalov made 24 saves as Edmonton
recovered after failing to hold a 3-1 lead.
"We had success when we were getting pucks in behind them," Eberle said.
Hall has notched four goals and nine assists over 13 points over his last nine
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