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11/16/2006 11:59:47 PM


EDMONTON (CP) - Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his first two goals of the season and Ales Hemsky equalled a career high with three assists as the Edmonton Oilers started a seven game homestand with a 6-2 drubbing of the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Ryan Smyth, Marty Reasoner, Fernando Pisani and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Edmonton, while Keith Tkachuk and Ryan Johnson responded for the Blues.

The Oilers improved to 10-8-1 and 7-2 on home ice. The Blues fell to 5-10-3 on the season.

Edmonton set the tone just over two minutes in to the game, when Pisani was able to get to a puck just before diving St. Louis starter Manny Legace could get his glove on it. Petr Sykora picked the puck up behind the net and fed it to Smyth who trickled his 13th of the year into the net for a 1-0 Oilers lead.

Just over six minutes later Reasoner wristed a shot over a sprawling Legace for the goal.

Edmonton took a three goal lead after the first when Bergeron blasted a shot from the top of the circle that Legace had trouble seeing with Smyth tumbling through the crease in front of him.

Just over a minute into the second period, Joffrey Lupul took a pass at the side of the net and calmly slid a power play goal past Legace, chasing the Blues netminder from the game. Recent call-up Jason Bacashihua took his place between the pipes.

St. Louis finally got on the board five minutes later as Matt Greene coughed up the puck on a cross ice passing attempt and Tkachuk went in alone, making a nice deke to beat Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson.

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