Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins 4, Blues 1 'Heavy' St. Louis Turns out to Be a Light Load for Fleury, Crosby

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins 4, Blues 1 'Heavy' St. Louis Turns out to Be a Light Load for Fleury, Crosby

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ST. LOUIS - There never has been a question this season about the Penguins' speed or skill.

There have, however, been concerns about their ability to compete with teams that play a "heavy" game.

Those questions just might have been answered this weekend, however.

The Penguins defeated a very physical St. Louis team, 4-1, Saturday night at Scottrade Center, little more than 24 hours after beating Columbus, 4-3, in overtime Friday at PPG Paints Arena.

The Blues and Blue Jackets play physical games; neither did it well enough to get the better of the Penguins.

The victory was the Penguins' third in a row and raised their record to 33-13-5. Because Columbus lost, 5-1, at home to New Jersey, the Penguins and Blue Jackets are tied for second place in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind Washington.

Penguins left winger Carl Hagelin left the game with just over five minutes left in the first period after absorbing a hit to the head from Alex Steen of the Blues.

There was no immediate word on the nature or severity of his injury, but Hagelin appeared to be a bit dazed as he made his way to the locker room, where he remained for the balance of the game.

About 6 minutes earlier, Blues center Robby Fabbri went directly to the locker room after being hit by Penguins center Carter Rowney in the neutral zone. He did not return.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, making his first start since Jan. 14 in Detroit, figured to be rusty, but his teammates allowed him to ease into the game.

Almost too much, actually.

Goalies like to face a reasonable number of shots to allow them to get loose and into the flow of the game, but the Penguins limited St. Louis to four - all by defensemen - in the opening period.

The last of those came during a five-on-three power play in the final seconds before intermission. …

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