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Stewart collects hat trick as Blues blank Oilers

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Stewart registered his third career hat trick to back Brian Elliott's shutout performance in the St. Louis Blues' 6-0 thrashing of the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

Stewart set up another goal, while Elliott made 23 saves.

"A huge credit goes to my linemates. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and they teed it up for me," said Stewart.

Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund both had a goal and one assist for the Blues, who have won five of their last seven games.

Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered all six goals on 33 shots in Edmonton's season-high sixth consecutive loss.

"I wasn't good enough tonight. I didn't give our guys a chance to win," Bryzgalov said.

The Blues scored four times in the third period to turn the game into a rout.

Stewart converted a behind-the-net pass from Berglund at 1:46, then Schwartz beat Bryzgalov with a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle 52 seconds later to make it 4-0.

Stewart completed the hat trick by one-timing a feed through the slot for a power-play goal at 7:27. Berglund lit the lamp with 7:18 remaining.

St. Louis capitalized on a Bryzgalov turnover to open the scoring. The Edmonton goalie played the puck off the glass right to Schwartz and he dished to Stewart, who fired the puck home 11:57 into the contest.

The Blues grabbed a 2-0 lead when Brenden Morrow finished off a pretty passing sequence by sending a backhander past Bryzgalov at 5:50 of the second period.

Game Notes

St. Louis improved to 12-2-1 in the last 15 meetings with the Oilers ... Blues captain David Backes returned to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury ... The Blues placed defenseman Roman Polak on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

12/22 02:13:05 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
Final
TAM 4
BOS 3
Final
MIA 9
NYM 6
Final
ATL 0
PHI 7
Final
BAL 4
MIN 6
9th
STL 5
PIT 4
 
Final
CHC 4
MIL 2
3rd
CLE 1
DET 5
 
4th
OAK 5
SEA 0
 
4th
SDP 0
ARI 0
 
5:45pm Tonight
COL
SFG
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
TEX
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
LOU
MIAMI
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1