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Edmonton Oilers' Marc-Andre Bergeron celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during...

Edmonton Oilers' Marc-Andre Bergeron celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during second period action in Edmonton on Thursday night. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Maybe the St. Louis Blues, more accustomed to their own empty building, were nervous about having to actually play in front of a crowd.

Or maybe all the passengers on Edmonton's recent road trip knew better than to try and get away with that junk at home.

GOOD AND BAD

Whatever the reasons, the Oilers looked very good and the Blues looked very bad in a lopsided clash of teams headed in opposite directions last night at Rexall Place.

"It was a good game from a lot of aspects,'' said head coach Craig MacTavish, who had five different goal scorers and four power play goals in a 6-2 decision. "We all talked about it this morning, that a lot of guys were on the cusp of breaking out, and they certainly did that tonight.''

Marc-Andre Bergeron snapped a season-long scoring drought, Ales Hemsky pulled his own truck out of the mud with three-assists (tying his single-game career high) and Fernando Pisani had two points. Even Joffrey Lupul got in on the act with a goal and an assist, his second and third points in the last eight games.

"That was nice,'' said Bergeron, who had a goal and an assist in a second-star effort. "It's probably the first time in my whole life, my whole career (that) it took me that long to finally get that first goal of the year.

"It's just a goal, but when it's been like 17 games and you're thinking, 'Am I ever going to get another one.' "

He did have two for a while, but his first goal, a point shot in the opening period, was later credited to Ryan Smyth, who now has six in the last four games. There was no disputing Bergeron's second, though, a bullet under the crossbar.

"He bombed a couple. He can shoot it,'' said MacTavish. "We need him.''

It's a point MacTavish made abundantly clear when he made Bergeron a healthy scratch for two games on the road trip for lack of offensive productivity.

"Whenever you get that kind of signal it's never really positive,'' said Bergeron. "But it's a long season and you have to try and take advantage of what you see (from the press box) and bring it on the ice.

"Hopefully they're going to keep going in.''

CONFIDENCE BOOST

He's not the only one who feels that way.

"Anytime you contribute and the team wins, it's a boost in the confidence.

"You can feel the ice kind of tilting downwards,'' said Pisani, who had three points before last night.

The Oilers built a tidy 3-0 lead for themselves after 20 minutes on two goals from Ryan Smyth and one from Marty Reasoner, chased Blues goalie Manny Legace 1:18 into the second period, and then coasted to their third triumph in the last four games.

Four goals from the power play (also a season high)is more than they had in the previous seven games.

"To get the power play going was pretty big for us,'' said Lupul.

"That was the difference in the game tonight.''

Beating St. Louis (now 1-6-1 on the road) isn't much of a measuring stick, but it's a great way to return home for seven-straight.

It also keeps them hot on Minnesota's tail for the division lead.

Big win,'' said Bergeron. "We wanted to start the homestand strong and that's exactly what we've done.''


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