Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/24/12
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Marc-Andre Fleury started 16 of the last 17 games heading into the All-Star break. No sign of fatigue from the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie. Chris Kunitz scored the deciding goal on a backhander in the fourth round of a shootout after Fleury thwarted a handful of great chances late in regulation and in overtime, and the Penguins took a seven-game winning streak into the break with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. All seven wins have come with Fleury in net. His biggest save against the Blues might have come on a point blank redirect attempt by Patrik Berglund, bidding for a hat trick, in the final minute of regulation. "Just some unbelievable, acrobatic saves, flash of the pads," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "In the shootout again he comes up just big enough." Berglund ended a seven-game point drought with a pair of goals and tied it on a penalty shot early in the third period for the Blues, who erased a two-goal, second-period deficit. They're an NHL-best 21-3-4 at home and 9-0-2 against the Eastern Conference, recovering for a point one night after missing a chance to grab the overall NHL lead in a loss at Detroit. "Every time you score a goal I think you gain a little confidence," Berglund said. "I just kept pushing and the pucks bounced my way a little bit, too. "It was a fun game to be a part of." NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin got the other shootout goal for the Penguins after getting shut down by the Blues' top line, headed by David Backes. Malkin had totaled nine goals and 13 points in a six-game goal streak. T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout for St. Louis but Fleury made a glove save against Berglund, the Blues' first shooter. "He got his two goals already," Fleury said. "So I tried to be patient on the last one and I made the save." Pittsburgh's winning streak has followed a six-game skid -- its longest since 2006. It marks a season best for the Penguins, who went to overtime for the fourth time in five games. The last three meetings between St. Louis and Pittsburgh have gone to overtime. "I keep going back to it, but the way we stayed positive during that losing streak," forward James Neal said, explaining Pittsburgh's recent success. "When everyone was talking about our team and what's wrong with it, we didn't let that affect us. We did our talking on the ice." The Blues were short-handed when Oshie stole the puck from Kris Letang in the neutral zone and passed to Berglund, who was motoring up the middle before getting hooked by Letang in the slot. Berglund is 0 for 7 for his career in the shootout, but was slick on the penalty shot, giving Fleury an inside deke before scoring on a high wrist shot off the forehand to make it 2-all. Fleury has appeared in 22 consecutive games overall, three more than his previous high. Neal scored his 27th goal, matching his career best, as the Penguins capitalized on a holding penalty to Backes early in the second. It also was the 100th career goal for Neal, whose one-timer trickled between Elliott's pads. The Blues have allowed four power-play goals in the last three games. The Penguins made it 2-0 at 12:16 on a midair deflection by Steve Sullivan, who batted the puck in after defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo whiffed. Deryk Engelland started the play with a wrist shot from the point and the puck appeared to bounce off the skate of a Blues player on its way to the net. Berglund's first point in eight games came on a 2-on-1 break with Chris Stewart and cut the deficit to one at 15:16. "I thought the weight of the world went off his shoulders when he scored, and then he started really playing and dancing with the puck," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He was a threat every shift. He plays like that coming back he's going to be a tough guy to play against." The Penguins had to sweat out the end of regulation after Matt Cooke drew a boarding call on a hit that rammed defenseman Barret Jackman's head into the glass. NOTES: Neal has six goals and five assists in the last seven games. He also scored 27 goals in 2009-10 with Dallas. ... The Penguins had a 39-34 shots edge and have outshot their last 15 opponents. ... The penalty-shot goal was the Blues' first since Backes vs. the Sharks' Antero Niittymaki on Dec. 18, 2010. ... The Blues are the only team in the NHL to get at least one point in every game against the opposite conference. ... Malkin is 5 for 7 in the shootout.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

Justin Timberlake advocates for Memphis to join Big 12

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker