EDMONTON – Andy McDonald scored twice as the St. Louis Blues won their second game in as many nights, blowing out the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Monday.
David Perron, Brad Boyes, Patrik Berglund, Alexander Steen and Jay McClement also scored for the Blues (16-14-5) who moved out of the Western Conference cellar with their win in Vancouver on Sunday and gained further ground on Monday.
Last place in the West belongs solely to the Oilers (15-17-4), losers of all four games on their homestand with a home record of 8-9-2.
Sam Gagner and Dustin Penner had the goals for Edmonton.
St. Louis started the scoring seven minutes into the first period as both Ladislav Smid and Lubomir Visnovsky went behind the Edmonton net to go after Patrik Berglund, leaving Perron all alone in front to take the feed and smack it past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, making his first career NHL start.
Edmonton evened it up less than three minutes later as Andrew Cogliano picked off a pass by Carlo Calaiacovo at the Oiler blue-line and took off to get a shot on St. Louis starter Chris Mason, with Gagner following up to tap in the rebound.
Edmonton out-shot the Blues 11-5 in the opening frame.
The Blues regained the lead three minutes into the second as the Oilers were guilty of getting lazy down low, allowing McDonald an easy rebound goal for his eighth of the season.
Edmonton tied it up again two minutes later as Penner took an extremely low percentage shot from a bad angle that seemed to surprise Mason and go off his pads and in. It was Penner’s 19th goal, making it 2-2.
The Blues once again went ahead on about as big a gift goal as you can get. Boyes sent a pass into the crease area on the power play and it was whacked into the net with what looked like some authority by Smid as he attempted to bat it out of the way.
The goal seemed to rattle the Oilers who would trail 5-2 just a couple minutes later on goals 39 seconds apart.
The first of the quick goals came once again on the power pay as a Paul Kariya point shot hit Berglund on the way to the net, and it was a three-goal lead shortly thereafter as McClement was allowed to walk in untouched and beat Dubnyk high to the glove side.
St. Louis made it a four-goal game early in the third period with their third power-play marker of the game, passing it around effectively before McDonald beat Dubnyk on the short side for his second of the contest.
Steen scored the Blues’ fourth power-play goal of the night with four minutes remaining.
Both teams play again on Wednesday as the Oilers head to Minnesota and the Blues play the third game of a four-game trip in Calgary.
NOTES: It was the second of four meetings between the two teams with Edmonton winning the first game earlier in the month when they came back from a 3-0 deficit in St. Louis to win 5-3. Edmonton has not won since. . . Dubnyk replaced Jeff Deslauriers in the Edmonton net for the game. Deslauriers had started the previous 14 contests with usual starter Nikolai Khabibulin sidelined indefinitely with a back injury. . . It was the third consecutive game the Oilers had faced a team that played Vancouver the night before. . . St. Louis is now 5-0-1 on the second game of a road trip. . . Cogliano played in his 200th NHL game. The first round pick in the 2005 draft has 93 points in his first 200 games. . . Blues assistant captain Keith Tkachuk tied Frank Mahovlich for 30th on the NHL all-time goals list with his 533rd career tally on Sunday night. Next up in 29th is Stan Makita with 541 career goals.