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Penguins puck pursuit game overwhelms Blues in 3rd period for 4-1 win

Penguins 4 – Blues 1

Matt Murray | 33 Saves, .971 SV%
Sidney Crosby | 2 Goals, 3 SOG, +2
Dominik Simon | 2 Assists, +3,
Bryan Rust | Goal, Assist, 4 SOG, +2
Riley Sheahan | Goal, 4 SOG, +2

The St. Louis Blues held the Penguins to 13 shots through two periods but in a 1-1 game after 40 minutes Pittsburgh’s puck pursuit game overwhelmed the Blues, en route to a 4-1 win.

Bryan Rust scored a breakaway goal 1:05 into the third off a turnover to put the Penguins ahead 2-1 and then Pittsburgh pushed their lead to 3-1 when Dominik Simon picked Alex Pietrangelo’s pocket behind the net and setup Riley Sheahan in front for a goal at 11:13 of the period. The goal was Sheahan’s 6th of the season.

After being demoted to the fourth line over the last couple games, Simon had a strong response game and produced when bumped up in the lineup today.

Simon had 2 helpers, was a +3 and the Penguins best possession player at 56%. Sidney Crosby (52 CF%) was the only other Penguin above 50%.

MR. 400.

Sidney Crosby scored his 400th career goal at 3:13 of the second period and added an empty netter for a 2-goal game.

SHOTS: St. Louis 34 – Pittsburgh 23
5 vs 5 Scoring Chances: St. Louis 27 – Pittsburgh 12
5 vs 5 SAT%: St. Louis – 60.5% | Pittsburgh – 39.5%

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