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The St. Louis Blues knocked off the Edmonton Oilers by a count of 4-2 after defeating them in the first game of the season 3-1.
Brian Elliott got his second start in as many games to improve to 2-0 on the season while the Blues improve to 3-1-0 and are tied for first in the Central Division.
Despite the loss, Edmonton jumped out on top first.
Teddy Purcell fired a dump in attempt into the Blues’ defensive zone. Carl Gunnarsson gave chase to the puck, but it took a quick bounce off the end boards right to the stick of Lauri Korpikoski who beat Elliott. The goal put Edmonton on top 1-0 just 1:36 into the game.
But the Blues responded quickly.
Under two minutes after the goal by Korpikoski, the Blues broke the puck out of their end with speed. Jori Lehtera entered the zone and passed to Jaden Schwartz who quickly slid the puck to Troy Brouwer. Cam Talbot turned aside Brouwer’s shot with the blocker, but Lehtera scored on the rebound to knot the game at one.
The game held at one for the next 32:47 of play before St. Louis got its first lead of the game.
Lehtera won a face off in the attacking end back to Vladamir Tarasenko. Tarasenko fired a slap shot, as he fell to one knee, past Talbot to make it 2-1 St. Louis with 3:59 in the second period.
St. Louis added to its lead in the third period with its second power play goal of the season. Alex Pietrangelo faked a shot at the point before sending it to Alexander Steen low in the offensive end. Steen slid a pass across the goal mouth where Paul Stastny fought off a defender to put it home for his first of the season making it 3-1.
Edmonton’s Taylor Hall added a goal in the third to bring the game closer, but Alexander Steen one-timed a shot over the shoulder of Talbot to put the Blues comfortably ahead for good.
After earning their second win in a row, the Blues will continue their road trip against the Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop is set for 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.