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Crosby gets 400th NHL goal in Penguins win against Blues

Center scores twice, becomes 95th player to reach milestone

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Sidney Crosby scored twice, including the 400th goal of his NHL career for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Sunday.

Crosby is the 95th player in NHL history (seventh active) to score 400 goals and the 37th to do so in 839 games or fewer.

 

[WATCH: All Penguins vs. Blues highlights]

 

With his dad watching, Crosby ended his 10-game goal drought. He had three goals in his past 22 games.

"Really nice," Crosby said of having his father on the dad's trip. "It's tough waiting that long when you get it, but it's definitely worth the wait to have my dad here, who made so many early mornings and sacrifices so I could play hockey. It's special to have him here and all the dads, a fun weekend. 

"To get three of four points, hopefully we can get them back next year."

Video: PIT@STL: Rust capitalizes on breakaway for goal

Bryan Rust scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Riley Sheahan scored and Matt Murray made 33 saves for Pittsburgh (31-22-4), which is 6-1-1 in its past eight games. The Penguins trail the first-place Washington Capitals by four points in the Metropolitan Division.

Kyle Brodziak scored and Jake Allen made 19 saves for St. Louis (34-21-3). The Blues are four points behind the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division and two behind the second-place Winnipeg Jets.

"I think we ran out of energy a little bit towards the end of the game," Blues left wing Alexander Steen said. "They had a little bit more than us there, and caused some mistakes and some turnovers. We were obviously missing some good scoring chances and they had some big saves."

The Blues appeared take a 2-1 lead 31 seconds into the third period after Alex Pietrangelo's shot from the right point got past Murray. However, a video review determined Paul Stastny touched the puck with a high stick. Rust scored 34 seconds later after a Vince Dunn giveaway to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

"[Dunn] was kind of skating back for it and I had decent pressure on him," Rust said. "I tried to make the right read, and lucky enough, it was the right one."

Brodziak put St. Louis ahead 1-0 at 3:10 of the second when he converted Chris Thorburn's chip pass from behind the net. Crosby tied it 21 seconds later.

Video: PIT@STL: Brodziak tucks a goal home from in front

The 10-game goalless streak was the second-longest of Crosby's NHL career; he went 12 games without a goal from Nov. 23, 2011, to March 22, 2012. He played in 22 games that season.

"I still don't know how it trickled in, it seemed like it took forever, but it's been a long 10 games too," Crosby said. "It's nice to see one go in.

"You're trying to put it in, in that area short side. Sometimes there's a little bit of room there on the post there, sometimes there's not. Somehow it kind of found its way in."

Allen thought he had the short side post sealed off.

"That's why he's the best player in the world," Allen said of Crosby. "I would never play that any differently. He's one [heck of a] smart player.

"That's a pretty good shot."

Sheahan scored at 11:13 of the third to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead. Crosby's empty-net goal at 17:12 made it 4-1.

Video: PIT@STL: Crosby pots empty-netter for second of game

 

Goal of the game

Crosby's goal at 3:31 of the second period.

Video: PIT@STL: Crosby nets 400th NHL goal from sharp angle

 

Save of the game

Murray's save on Vladimir Tarasenko at 3:02 of the third period.

Video: PIT@STL: Murray robs Tarasenko with great glove save

 

Highlight of the game

Sheahan's goal at 11:13 of the third period.

Video: PIT@STL: Sheahan buries Simon's great dish in front

 

They said it

"It's a typical Crosby goal. He's so good, he scores more goals from below the goal line than anybody I've seen and he's one of the few guys that thinks the game at such a high level." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on Sidney Crosby's 400th NHL goal

 

"Yeah, it was great. Obviously I really appreciate that. It was fun seeing that and obviously fans showed me some love, so I had a good time." -- Penguins forward Ryan Reaves on receiving a video tribute upon his return to St. Louis for the first time after playing for the Blues for seven seasons

 

"I thought that was the difference in the game. They showed why they've won a couple Cups in the last couple years, the way that they manage the puck and the urgency that they had not to turn pucks over and the way that they created them on us." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo 

 

Need to know

Jaromir Jagr, assigned by the Calgary Flames to HC Kladno of the Czech 1 Liga, (766), Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals (590), Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs (526), Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks (525), Rick Nash of the New York Rangers (433) and Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings (403) are the other active players with 400 NHL goals. ... Stastny played in his 800th NHL game. ... Reaves was traded to the Penguins on June 23 at the 2017 NHL Draft ... The Penguins have gone four games without a power-play goal, tying a season high. 

 

What's next

Penguins: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PIT, RDS, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Crosby, Murray power Penguins to 4-1 victory

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