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Bishop stops 39 shots as Blues beat Oilers 5-0

Ben Bishop stopped 39 shots for his first career shutout and Chris Stewart had two goals as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 on Friday night.

Patrik Berglund, Matt D'Agostini and Roman Polak also scored for the Blues, who have won four of their last six games.

The Oilers have lost two of their last three and remain in last place in the NHL.

Bishop was starting for injured goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who missed his fifth straight game with a bruised hand.

Stewart got the Blues on the board just 2:07 in as he skated in unopposed to lift a big rebound past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky clipped Barrret Jackman in the face with a high stick for a double minor late in the first and the Blues took advantage. Just as the first penalty expired, Berglund redirected Alexander Steen's shot into the goal.

Stewart's second made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 4:19 of the second period as his shot trickled through Dubnyk's pads. It was Stewart's sixth goal in five games since joining St. Louis in a trade with Colorado.

St. Louis had a good chance to make it a four-goal game with 5 minutes left in the second. Polak was sent in on a clean breakaway but couldn't slip the puck past Dubnyk.

Bishop continued to keep Edmonton off the board, making a big glove save on a short-handed 2-on-1 shot by Ryan Jones early in the third.

Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff left the game with 6 minutes remaining after being hit by a hard shot from teammate Kurtis Foster.

The Oilers broke down near the end of the game allowing a goal by Polak with 4:01 left and another by D'Agostini with 2:07 to go.

NOTES: It was the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Edmonton won the first at home in December 2-1 then fell 5-3 at St. Louis two months later. ... G Nikolai Khabibulin was not in the lineup for Edmonton and is expected to be out a few days after getting an ice chip in the eye which has caused some bleeding. Martin Gerber was rushed in from Oklahoma City to serve as the backup for the game. ... Also missing from the St. Louis lineup was D Nikita Nikitin after he suffered a lower body injury in the first period against Vancouver on Thursday. ... The Blues have now scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last eight games, the first time they have done that since 2005. ... St. Louis is currently on a stretch that sees the team play seven games in 10 nights. ... The Oilers are 7-0-1 on nights when rookie Taylor Hall has a multi-point game.