Yakupov scores in return but McDavid's 2 points lead Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers won their second straight game in a strong start to the season, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Thursday night.
Tyler Pitlick and Milan Lucic also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 4-1-0 on the season.
Nail Yakupov replied for the Blues (3-1-1) in his return to Edmonton since he was traded to St. Louis earlier this month.
There was no scoring in the first period, with the Blues getting 10 shots on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and Edmonton directing eight shots on Jake Allen in the St. Louis net.
The Blues got on the board 3:37 into the second as a scramble allowed Joel Edmundson to feed it in front to Yakupov. It was the second goal of the season for the former Oiler.
The Oilers pulled even three minutes later as Pitlick made a nifty deflection off a shot by Andrej Sekera while being knocked flying to score his third of the season.
Edmonton made it 2-1 just 36 seconds into the third period as McDavid broke out of a two-game scoring drought by threading a pass through to Lucic in front. It was the big wing's second goal of the year.
Both goaltenders made big saves before the Blues came close to tying it up midway through the third. Yakupov had Talbot beat on a backhand shot, but hit the post.
McDavid put the game away with his fourth goal of the season into an empty net.
Notes: It was the first of three meetings between the teams this season. . Yakupov spent four seasons with the Oilers, recording 111 points in 252 games. . Blues F Jaden Schwartz played his first game of the season after recovering from a hyperextended elbow. . Talbot made his fifth start of the season one day after his wife, Kelly, gave birth to twins.
Blues: Conclude a three-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday.
Oilers: Are off until Sunday, when they play the Jets in the Heritage Classic outdoor game in Winnipeg.