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Blues earn season-best 6th straight win by beating Oilers 5-2

  • St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves (75) and Maxim Lapierre (40) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves (75) and Maxim Lapierre (40) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund (21) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund (21) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues won their season-high sixth straight game by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Chris Stewart, Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Patrick Berglund also scored for the Blues (30-7-5), who are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games. They are two points behind the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks.

Nail Yakupov and Mark Arcobello had goals for the Oilers (14-27-5), who have lost five of six games and 11 of 14.

St. Louis controlled the pace early, outshooting Edmonton 9-1 through the first eight minutes.

Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was forced to make a number of big saves, but Edmonton had the best scoring chance of the opening half of the first period. Jordan Eberle picked up a rebound in the blue paint before goalie Brian Elliott dove across the crease to make a pad save.