BLUES BLANK PENS, 3-0
Keith Tkachuk’s goal 56 seconds into the second period was all the St. Louis Blues needed to post a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The loss was the eighth in nine games for the Penguins (8-17-6) and fifth-straight on the road. It was the third time the Penguins were shut out this season.
The Penguins and Blues (6-17-4) played to a scoreless tie at the first intermission.
The Penguins struggled to generate any offense as they were whistled for five penalties in a 9:42 span early in the period.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made several brilliant saves to deny the Blues.
Pittsburgh had one good scoring chance as Mark Recchi slipped loose for a shorthanded breakaway, but St. Louis goalie Curtis Sanford denied the attempt.
Early in the second period, Tkachuk cashed in for St. Louis. On a 3-on-1, Tkachuk one-timed a shot past Fleury 56 seconds into the second period.
Jamal Mayers scored a shorthanded goal with 5:08 to play. He picked up a Penguins turnover, knifed his way to the net and slipped a shot through Fleury to make it 2-0.
Doug Weight added an empty-net goal with 50 seconds to play.
The Penguins return home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at 7 p.m.
ICE CHIPS: John LeClair, Ziggy Palffy and Matt Hussey were the Penguins’ scratches.