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EDMONTON - There's nothing like a W to go with R and R.

The St. Louis Blues thanked their coaches and management for a three-day retreat in the mountains by responding with a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Blues were coming off a loss in Vancouver, but after a three-day break between games, which they spent at the mountain resort of Whistler, B.C., they're back on track.

After stumbling a little during the middle of their season, they've won six of their last eight games.

Chris Stewart's goal at 3:20 into the first period stood up for 40 minutes before a two-goal outburst in the third period put the Oilers out of their misery.

The Oilers, meanwhile, are now 1-0-3 in their last four games, including blowing two-goal third period leads at home to Detroit and San Jose.

The smaller, younger Oilers couldn't generate much of anything against the much bigger Blues and their grind ‘em out defensive style.

Edmonton had just four shots in the first period, marking the fifth time in the last eight periods the Oilers have been held to six or less.

It was the sixth time in the last 11 games that they'd been held to five or less in a period.

St. Louis wasn't much better, with six, but at least they scored on theirs and had a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Oilers had one shot in the first 10 minutes of the second period and didn't get their 10th of the game until the 38-minute mark.

A goal from Alex Steen early in the third period presented the Oilers with a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 deficit. TJ Oshie's goal made it Mission Impossible.

NOTES: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed his second game in a row because of illness and might not join the team on its two-game trip to Nashville and St. Louis. He has a strep infection and it's uncertain whether he would be game ready by Monday. ... Defenseman Wade Redden, who was minus-7 in his first eight games after being signed by the Blues, has gone plus-6 in the last 11 games. ... Chris Stewart has multiple points in three of his last four games for seven points. March remains the most productive month of his career. He has 53 points in 64 career games in March. ... The Blues are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games against the Oilers. They've only lost once in regulation in their last seven visits to Edmonton (4-1-2).

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