EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The St. Louis Blues took the best the Edmonton Oilers had to give in the first period. After that, the rout was on.
Chris Stewart scored three goals and added an assist as the Blues took advantage of the reeling Oilers in a 6-0 victory on Saturday night.
Brenden Morrow, Patrik Berglund and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues (24-7-4), who are 5-1-1 in their last seven games. Brian Elliot made 23 saves to record his second shutout of the season and 23rd of his NHL career.
"They came out strong and we weathered the storm and scored one," Elliott said. "Then we settled into what we wanted to do in the second. We wanted to finish out with a good 20 minutes in the third.
"We were getting guys making plays, and obviously Stewart scoring three definitely helps on a night like tonight."
The Oilers (11-24-3) have lost a season-high six straight games, and they fell to 5-11-1 at home. It was the sixth time this season Edmonton has been shut out and the third time in five games.
The loss was so ugly that Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins held a lengthy team meeting after the game. He called out his club that is still struggling despite years of rebuilding efforts.
"I'm pinning this loss on the boneheaded mistakes we make when we have everything going in our favor," Eakins said. "It is like we love misery. It's like, 'Oh hold on a second, things are going too well here. Let's have some misery.'
"I've had enough misery already, and we've got some players who have been here for a number of years that have to be done with it."
Edmonton controlled the bulk of the play through the first half of the opening period, outshooting St. Louis 10-1. However, St. Louis grabbed the lead.
Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov rushed out of the net to prevent Berglund from getting a breakaway after he stepped out of the penalty box, but couldn't clear the zone. The puck came to Stewart at the side of the net before Bryzgalov could get back into position, and Stewart scored his 11th goal.
Edmonton ended up with 14-5 edge in shots in the first period but had nothing to show for it.
Oilers forward David Perron said Eakins was calmer than he would have been.
"(Eakins) wants us to look in the mirror and see if we are part of the solution," Perron said. "I think he is completely right. If I was him, I think I would have been tearing all four walls down.
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