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Crosby helps Penguins skate past Blues

Nov 2, 2008 - 6:37 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Captain Sidney Crosby dispelled any notions about his physical well-being.

Crosby proved healthy by setting up two goals and Miroslav Satan recorded a tally and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a pair of early deficits en route to a 6-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin each notched a goal and an assist while defenseman Alex Goligoski, Maxime Talbot and Jordan Staal also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped a three-game skid in which it totaled just four tallies.

"Every win on the road is a big win," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien, whose team ended its four-game road trip at 1-2-1. "This league is so competitive. It's tough to win in the road. Finishing the road trip with a huge win is going to be good for our confidence because our confidence has been hurt lately."

The status of Crosby was in question after the 2007 Hart Trophy winner left Thursday's 4-1 loss at Phoenix with an undisclosed ailment that was rumored to be either a rib or hip injury. The 21-year-old superstar appeared fine in this one, setting up goals by Satan in the first period and Malkin in the second.

"I feel good," Crosby said. "I was definitely happy that I was able to play."

Defenseman Barret Jackman and rookies T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund scored for St. Louis, which has lost four of five.

"Same story over and over again," Blues right wing Brad Boyes said. "We're not working hard enough to get those pucks on net. It shows out there, and that's why we're losing games. Every game we lose is because we're getting outworked. It's as simple as that."

"I don't know where we're at as a team," said St. Louis coach Andy Murray, whose team registered just 10 shots over the first two periods. "Usually, the reason you can't get the puck on the net is, the other team is stronger on the puck, gets in the way, wins the battles and doesn't give you time and space. That means you have to play that much harder, that much faster."

The Blues opened the scoring at 9:29 of the first period, when Jackman's slap shot from the blue line deflected off the stick of a defender and past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Pittsburgh pulled even with 2:13 remaining in the session on Satan's sixth of the season, but St. Louis regained the lead just 17 seconds later as David Perron made a pass from the outer edge of the right faceoff circle to Oshie, who beat Fleury from the bottom of the slot.

The Penguins gained control of the game in the middle session. After Goligoski put a wrist shot past netminder Chris Mason at 6:03, when he moved to the top of the slot from the right point, Malkin and Kennedy tallied 37 seconds apart midway through the session for a 4-2 advantage.

"You want to make sure your confidence level is there," Crosby said. "I think we had it, it was just a matter of making sure that we focus on playing for 60 minutes. Especially in this league, if you let up a little bit, you lose your momentum quick."

During a power play, Malkin unleashed a shot from above the right circle that sailed between the legs of defenseman Jay McKee and past a screened Mason with 7:38 to go, snapping the 2-2 tie. Moments later, Kennedy grabbed the puck behind the net and beat Mason from near the right goalpost after his initial stuff attempt was stopped.

"I had a lot of trouble tonight with traffic," said Mason, who turned aside 22 shots. "I think I have to get myself in a better position to make the save. I start creeping back in the net when I have guys in front of me. I have to be at the top of the crease and give my body a chance to stop those."

St. Louis got within 4-3 late in the third as Paul Kariya's pass from along the right wing boards went off a stick and found Berglund, who buried his own rebound from the doorstep with 4:13 remaining. But Talbot answered 40 seconds later with a wrister through a screen, and Staal scored into an empty net in the final minute to secure the victory.

"To be able to come out tonight and play a great game is important," Fleury said. "It's always easier in the net there when you get some goals like we did tonight."

Fleury made 19 saves for the Penguins.

"Fleury has been fantastic for us," Therrien said. "He was really sharp for us tonight."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 3 2 6
    ST LOUIS 2 0 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - BARRET JACKMAN 2 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 9:29
    PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 6 (SIDNEY CROSBY, KRISTOPHER LETANG)
    17:47
    STL - T.J. OSHIE 2 (DAVID PERRON, PAUL KARIYA) 18:04
    2ND PRD: PIT - ALEX GOLIGOSKI 3 (MIROSLAV

    Nov 1 10:08 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 6
    ST LOUIS 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - (EN) JORDAN STAAL 1 (EVGENI MALKIN, TYLER KENNEDY)
    19:40

    Penguins 6, Blues 3  3rd - 0:20Nov 1 10:07 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 5
    ST LOUIS 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 2 (MIROSLAV SATAN) 16:27

    Penguins 5, Blues 3  3rd - 3:33Nov 1 10:01 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 4
    ST LOUIS 3
    3RD PRD: STL - PATRIK BERGLUND 2 (PAUL KARIYA, DAVID PERRON) 15:48

    Penguins 4, Blues 3  3rd - 4:12Nov 1 10:00 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 4
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 3 (MATT COOKE, JORDAN STAAL) 12:59

    Penguins 4, Blues 2  2nd - 7:01Nov 1 9:59 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 3
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) EVGENI MALKIN 4 (PETR SYKORA, SIDNEY CROSBY) 12:22

    Penguins 3, Blues 2  2nd - 7:38Nov 1 9:58 PM
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    Penguins 3, Blues 2  2nd - 7:38Nov 1 9:58 PM
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    Penguins 2, Blues 2  2nd - 8:20Nov 1 9:55 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 2
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - ALEX GOLIGOSKI 3 (MIROSLAV SATAN, DARRYL SYDOR) 6:03

    Penguins 2, Blues 2  2nd - 13:57Nov 1 9:41 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 3 4
    ST LOUIS 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - BARRET JACKMAN 2 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 9:29
    PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 6 (SIDNEY CROSBY, KRISTOPHER LETANG)
    17:47
    STL - T.J. OSHIE 2 (DAVID PERRON, PAUL KARIYA) 18:04
    2ND PRD: PIT - ALEX GOLIGOSK

    Nov 1 9:15 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 1
    ST LOUIS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - BARRET JACKMAN 2 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 9:29
    PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 6 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 17:47
    STL - T.J. OSHIE 2 (DAVID PERRON, PAUL KARIYA) 18:04
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    Nov 1 9:15 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 2
    1ST PRD: STL - T.J. OSHIE 2 (DAVID PERRON, PAUL KARIYA) 18:04

    Penguins 1, Blues 2  1st - 1:56Nov 1 9:13 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 6 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 17:47

    Penguins 1, Blues 1  1st - 2:13Nov 1 9:13 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - BARRET JACKMAN 2 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 9:29

    Penguins 0, Blues 1  1st - 10:31Nov 1 8:55 PM
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