Stastny, Steen help Blues beat Oilers 4-2

Created: 10/16/2015 12:52 AM WNYT.com

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis to a 4-2 victory over winless Edmonton on Thursday night, spoiling the Oilers' home opener.

Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who beat Edmonton for the eighth straight time. Stastny, Steen and Lehtera also each had an assist, and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.

Lauri Korpikoski and Taylor Hall scored and Cam Talbot had 25 saves for the Oilers , who fell to 0-4-0. No. 1 draft pick Connor McDavid was held without a point in his first regular season game in Edmonton.

Steen sent a shot in front that deflected off Stastny and in for a power-play goal at 4:20 of the third to extend the Blues' lead to 3-1.

Hall pulled Edmonton back within one a little more than two minutes later, battling for a puck in front before lifting a backhand shot into the net.

However, Steen sealed the win with 2:09 remaining as he sent a one-timer past Talbot for his second of the season.

It didn't take the Oilers long to get on the board, scoring on the game's first shot as a fortunate bounce off the boards came out front to Korpikoski, who buried it past Elliott 1:36 into the game.

St. Louis bounced back 1 1/2 minutes later as Troy Brouwer's shot caromed off the post to Lehtera, who beat Talbot.

The Blues took a 2-1 lead with four minutes to play in the second period as a faceoff win in the Edmonton zone came back to Tarasenko, who blasted in his third of the season.

The Blues play the fourth game of a season-high six-game road swing at Vancouver on Friday. The Oilers head back out on the road to play the Flames in Calgary on Saturday.

NOTE: The last time Edmonton defeated St. Louis was a 3-0 shutout in March 2013. ... Blues rookie Robby Fabbri was out with a concussion. Also absent for the Blues was D Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body injury). ... The Oilers remained without winger Jordan Eberle (shoulder). ... It was the final home opener at Rexall Place, as the Oilers will move into their new rink to start next season.

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