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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. LOUIS – Kevin Shattenkirk’s first goal of the season midway through the third period sent the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Ryan Reaves also scored for St. Louis and Jaroslav Halak stopped 19 shots as the Blues won for the 11th time in 15 games to start the season. It’s the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04, also the best start in franchise history.
It was St. Louis’ first regulation victory against the Penguins since a 4-1 win Dec. 19, 2006, in Pittsburgh.
Jussi Jokinen scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for the Penguins, who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak. The 20 shots were a season low for Pittsburgh.
Shattenkirk’s wrist shot from the right point got through traffic at 10:52 of the third period. Fleury got a piece of the puck but it trickled into the net to break a 1-all tie.
Shattenkirk extended his points streak to eight games.
Reaves scored the first goal of the game and the 11th of his career when he redirected Maxim Lapierre’s centering feed past Fleury 2:52 into the second period.
The Penguins were able to get the equalizer when Jokinen, parked in the slot, redirected Evgeni Malkin’s centering feed from the right circle 8:06 into the second. Roman Polak was serving an interference penalty for the Blues.
Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart gave the Blues their best scoring chances in the first period. Shattenkirk’s shot from the right circle was stopped by Fleury 5:33 into the game. Stewart missed on a backhand at the side of the Pittsburgh net after getting a pass from Patrik Berglund with 8:33 left in the first period.
Halak was up to the task for the Blues in the first, stopping Chris Kunitz’s one-time snap shot of Sidney Crosby’s no-look pass with 10:17 remaining. Halak then had Crosby barreling down on him from the left side after T.J Oshie’s turnover, but the Blues’ goalie made a save with his right arm as Crosby tried going high on the short side with 3:45 remaining in the opening period.
Fleury preserved a 1-all tie by stopping Oshie with 16:15 remaining, then getting a shoulder on David Backes’ one-timer.
Fleury flashed his glove on Alexander Steen’s wrister with 5:14 remaining off a 2-on-1 to keep the Penguins within a goal at 2-1.
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