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Tarasenko gets 24th goal, Blues top Oilers 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 24th goal and had an assist, defenseman Barret Jackman earned his second two-point night of the season, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Benoit Pouliot scored twice in the third period for Edmonton, but the Oilers mustered a season-low 15 shots and never got closer than a two-goal deficit.

David Backes also had a goal and assist while Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen had goals for St. Louis, which allowed just 15 shots — a season best — to make it somewhat easy on goalie Jake Allen.

They’d twice surrendered 16 shots, including an overtime victory over Edmonton in November at home.

Ben Scrivens made 25 saves but fell to 0-5-5 on the road for Edmonton, which is 0-7-6 during a 13-game road losing streak. The Oilers are last overall in the NHL with a league-low two road victories.

Allen made his first start in eight games but was coming off a strong relief effort Saturday in St. Louis’ comeback 5-4 shootout victory over Carolina.

Tarasenko and Backes scored on consecutive shots late in the first period to put St. Louis up 2-0. Scrivens got most of the puck on Tarasenko’s shot from the circle, but it slid under a pad with 6:11 left, and Backes converted a backhand set-up from Jori Lehtera about two minutes later.

Schwartz deflected a point shot from Jackman for a 3-0 bulge early in the third. Scrivens had the shot covered but the puck slid in just inside the opposite post.

Pouliot has a three-game goal streak and has eight goals in 26 games overall for Edmonton.

Steen scored his 13th goal late in the third for his 400th career point.

NOTES: Jackman’s first assist was the 150th of his career in 766 games, a franchise record for a defenseman. … The Blues are 15-1-2 leading after two periods and the Oilers are 0-21-2 when trailing after two periods. … St. Louis also allowed 16 shots against Colorado Dec. 29. … Edmonton has a pair of 16-shot games.

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