Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 3/15/12
(AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have climbed to the top of the NHL standings behind a tremendous penalty-killing display. Taking fewer penalties going forward, however, could make things a whole lot easier on Ken Hitchcock's team. The Blues look to regroup from a disappointing loss as they continue a seven-game road swing Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. While St. Louis' penalty-kill percentage of 84.5 ranks among the league's top ten, it's taken 347 penalties - the NHL's third-highest total. Two nights after killing all eight of Columbus' chances on the man advantage to open their trek with a 2-1 win, the Blues' lack of discipline caught up to them during Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss at Chicago. St. Louis failed to generate any offense after taking a 3-1 lead into the second period and ultimately saw its run of 51 consecutive penalties killed come to an end with the game-tying power-play goal 7:41 into the third. St. Louis (45-18-8) was whistled for a combined nine p...
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