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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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.


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