EDMONTON, ALBERTA • Chris Stewart made Blues history in Friday night's 5-0 win over Edmonton, surpassing a St. Louis hockey legend. And meanwhile, a St. Louis native made his own personal history.
Stewart scored two more goals in his new uniform, giving him six in five games since joining the Blues in last week's trade from Colorado. That's the most goals through the first five games of a career in club history, better than Brett Hull, who had five goals.
And making sure that Stewart's goals would hold up in a game that turned into a rout in the third period, Blues goaltender Ben Bishop made 39 saves for his first NHL shutout in his fifth career start.
The Blues, who were playing their sixth game in eight days, used the two performances to snap a three-game losing streak. The team headed off to Calgary after the game and will wrap up its three-game trip Sunday against the Flames.
"It was a good team effort - from ‘Bish' straight out," Stewart said. "He stood on his head, he deserved the shutout, and we had scoring from all four lines. It was just a great team win."
After the Blues generated plenty of shots but didn't finish off plays in their 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Thursday, coach Davis Payne mixed up the forward combinations in Edmonton. He moved Stewart to a line centered by Patrik Berglund, moving T.J. Oshie to left wing.
On the line's first shift, Stewart pounced on a rebound and scored, after Berglund let go of the initial shot.
Stewart has not quieted down since arriving from Colorado in the blockbuster trade for Erik Johnson and now he can say he's done something that not even Hull did.
"Anytime you're mentioned in the same sentence with a guy of that stature - he did a lot for the game of hockey and he's a great Hall of Famer," Stewart said. "It's a true blessing to be mentioned in the same sentence."
The first of Stewart's two goals - he has three two-goal performances in those five games - handed the Blues a 1-0 lead just 2:07 into the game.
They increased their advantage to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Berglund, his 17th goal of the season, with 2:12 left in the first period. Alex Steen wound up for a point shot but sent a sizzling pass to Berglund in front of the net for a redirection. Berglund got a piece of it for his second point of the game.
"Actually, I wasn't really ready for it," Berglund said. "We wanted to switch sides. But I was right in the middle and he hit me perfect. It's pretty much Steener's goal."
The power-play goal extended the Blues' streak to eight games with at least one goal on the man-advantage. They finished two for five Friday, including a special-teams goal later by Stewart, making the unit 12 for 31 in those eight games (38.7 percent).
Stewart's power-play goal, his fourth as a Blue, was the only goal of the second period. He intercepted an Oilers clearing pass and blasted a shot that hit goalie Devan Dubnyk and trickled past him. That gave the Blues a 3-0 lead just 4:19 into the second frame.
"A couple of clean opportunities there (for Stewart on Friday)," Payne said. "The first one got us off to a good start, obviously. ‘Bergie' makes a decision to shoot a puck and ‘Stewie' goes to the net area all the time. Not only go to the area, but a great finish on both plays - one in the top corner and one finding space between the legs.
"Solid game - this is why we got him. We feel that he can score in a number of different ways and he showed it tonight."
Bishop stayed strong in the third period, stopping a 2-on-1 short-handed rush by Edmonton. The Oilers outshot the Blues 17-5 in the third, but Bishop kept the shutout intact.
"He was outstanding," Payne said. "He had to make some tough saves early, especially some of the stuff tight around the net. He had to do it again at the start of the third period, we knew there was going to be a push there, but we were able to rely on him until we were able to build the lead a little further."
The Blues scored two goals on their five shots in the third period. Roman Polak netted his second of the season and Matt D'Agostini pumped in his 13th of the year, setting a career high.