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Backes scores midway through third, Blues slip by Penguins 1-0

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 4:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Backes scores midway through third, Blues slip by Penguins 1-0

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - David Backes deflected a slap shot by Alexander Steen past Marc-Andre Fleury midway through the third period to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots to pick up his fourth shutout of the season as one of the NHL's best defensive teams shut down Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company.

Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins but watched Backes' deflection carom off his glove and into the net just after a penalty against Malkin expired.

St. Louis bounced back from a one-sided loss at Philadelphia on Saturday to improve the league's best road record to 23-11-3. Pittsburgh's top-ranked power play went 0-for-5 a day after scoring three times in a win over Tampa Bay.

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