PIT Pittsburgh Penguins 6
Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Overall (20-18)
ATS (16-22)
O/U (17-16-5)
December 29 2018
- FS-MW
STL St. Louis Blues 1
St. Louis Blues Blues Overall (15-21)
ATS (17-19)
O/U (18-17-1)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2453 Pittsburgh Penguins -115 Under +105 (-1.5) +210 Cover: 3.5
132
2454 St. Louis Blues -105 Over -125 (+1.5) -250 OVER: 7
010
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Spread ATS
2453 PIT -115 Under: +105 (-1.5) +210 Cover: 3.5
2454 STL -105 Over: -125 (+1.5) -250 OVER: 7
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/29/2018
6:48 PM
STL
-105
PIT
-115
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
STL
-110
PIT
-110
12/29/2018
5:18 PM
PIT
-125
STL
+105
12/29/2018
7:57 AM
PIT
-120
STL
EVEN
12/28/2018
8:30 PM
PIT
-125
STL
+105
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/29/2018
6:48 PM
STL(+1.5)
-250
PIT
+210
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
STL(+1.5)
-250
PIT
+210
12/29/2018
5:18 PM
PIT(-1.5)
+210
STL
-250
12/29/2018
7:57 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+210
STL
-250
12/28/2018
8:30 PM
PIT(-1.5)
+210
STL
-250
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/29/2018
6:48 PM
6
-125
6
+105
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
6
-125
6
+105
12/29/2018
6:45 PM
6
-125
6
+105
12/29/2018
5:18 PM
6
-125
6
+105
12/29/2018
7:57 AM
6
-125
6
+105
12/28/2018
8:30 PM
6
-125
6
+105
Recap

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Murray returned to the lineup Dec. 15, rejuvenated after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury.

What a spark he's provided for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Murray made 30 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead the surging Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Saturday night.

"I'm just trying to get better as I go here," Murray said. "I think everything is going in the right direction and I just need to stay focused on what's important."

Juuso Riikola, Zach Aston-Reese, Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who converted on all four power plays. Pittsburgh has won a season-best five consecutive games.

Murray improved his record to 9-5-1. He has won five straight starts since coming back.

"I think that he's making key saves and ones you don't always expect him to make, ones that look like they're maybe really good chances," Crosby said. "Those are a big boost for a team and he's had to do it a number of times through this stretch and a lot tonight."

Jake Allen allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting pulled for Jordan Binnington almost halfway through the game. Allen fell to 13-11-4 and has been replaced in five of his 29 starts.

Alexander Steen was penalized for high-sticking Bryan Rust nine seconds into the game. Crosby capitalized when he one-timed a pass from Patrik Hornqvist past Allen for his team-leading 17th goal 39 seconds into the ensuing power play.

"We get an early power play and get a lead," Crosby said. "It's great that we scored. You at least want to carry some momentum from it."

Crosby has nine points (one goal, eight assists) over his last three games.

Riikola fired a shot from the point past Allen with the Penguins on another power play 5:13 into the second period for his first NHL goal.

"It was awesome," Aston-Reese said. "He's a guy who had a ton of chances, a lot of posts he hit. I think everybody's happy."

Aston-Reese then netted his fifth of the season 2:04 later, and Letang followed with his ninth to end Allen's night.

David Perron scored his 13th with 5:24 remaining in the second to break up the shutout bid.

"They exposed us in different areas," Perron said. "I don't think we lacked energy, I think they were just making better plays than we were tonight. You tip your cap, but at the same time it doesn't mean that we wouldn't want another crack at them tomorrow and see if the result would be different."

St. Louis entered on a two-game winning streak but has not won three in a row since taking six straight in March last season.

"I thought we were ready to play," Blues interim coach Craig Berube said. "We can't take the penalties we took tonight. First shift, penalty and they score. I thought our game was pretty good, though."

Guentzel and Malkin scored against Binnington 33 seconds apart in the third period.

NOTES: St. Louis played its 4,000th game in franchise history, making it the 10th NHL team to reach that milestone. ... Blues D Alex Pietrangelo returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a broken wrist. ... Pittsburgh has not given up a power-play goal in 14 opportunities during its winning streak. . Rust exited 17:44 into the first period with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Visit the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

St. Louis: Host the New York Rangers on Monday.

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Matchup
Penguins Overall
W/L 20-18
ATS 16-22
Goals For 3.4
Goals Against 3.0
Total 17-16-5
Penguins Away
W/L 9-9
ATS 8-10
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 2.6
Total 8-9-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
7:00 PM
at Blues W 6-1 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-27
6:00 PM
Red Wings W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-22
6:00 PM
at Hurricanes W 3-0 W (1.5) U (6)
12-20
6:00 PM
Wild W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-19
7:00 PM
at Capitals W 2-1 W (1.5) U (6.5)
12-17
6:00 PM
Ducks L 4-2 L (-1.5) T (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Kings W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-14
6:00 PM
Bruins W 5-3 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-12
7:00 PM
at Blackhawks L 6-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-10
6:00 PM
at Islanders W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.4
Avg. Goals Against 2.2
ATS 5-5
Over/Under 5-4-1
Blues Overall
W/L 15-21
ATS 17-19
Goals For 2.8
Goals Against 3.4
Total 18-17-1
Blues Home
W/L 9-12
ATS 8-13
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 3.8
Total 14-7
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
7:00 PM
Penguins L 6-1 L (1.5) O (6)
12-27
7:00 PM
Sabres W 4-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-22
3:00 PM
at Flames W 3-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-20
9:00 PM
at Canucks L 5-1 L (1.5) T (6)
12-18
8:00 PM
at Oilers W 4-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-16
2:00 PM
Flames L 7-2 L (1.5) O (6)
12-14
7:00 PM
Avalanche W 4-3 W (1.5) O (6.5)
12-11
7:00 PM
Panthers W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-9
2:00 PM
Canucks L 6-1 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-7
7:00 PM
at Jets W 1-0 W (1.5) U (6)
Avg. Goals For 2.5
Avg. Goals Against 3.3
ATS 5-5
Over/Under 5-4-1
Game Summary
1st Period
STL 19:51 Penalty to Alexander Steen 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Bryan Rust)
PIT 19:12 Power play - GOAL scored by Sidney Crosby assisted by Patric Hornqvist and Phil KesselPIT 1 STL 0
PIT 6:49 Penalty to Marcus Pettersson 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Oskar Sundqvist)
2nd Period
STL 16:36 Penalty to Alexander Steen 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Dominik Simon)
PIT 14:47 Power play - GOAL scored by Juuso Riikola assisted by Tanner Pearson and Derick BrassardPIT 2 STL 0
PIT 12:43 GOAL scored by Zachary Aston-Reese assisted by Kris Letang and Sidney CrosbyPIT 3 STL 0
STL 10:42 Penalty to Jay Bouwmeester 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Zachary Aston-Reese)
PIT 10:35 Power play - GOAL scored by Patric Hornqvist assisted by Kris Letang and Phil KesselPIT 4 STL 0
STL 10:35 Blues replaced goalie. (Jordan Binnington)
STL 5:24 GOAL scored by David Perron assisted by Ryan O'Reilly and Alexander SteenPIT 4 STL 1
3rd Period
PIT 16:55 GOAL scored by Jake Guentzel assisted by Brian Dumoulin and Sidney CrosbyPIT 5 STL 1
STL 16:55 Penalty to Joel Edmundson 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Zachary Aston-Reese) (Served by David Perron)
PIT 16:55 Penalty to Zachary Aston-Reese 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Joel Edmundson)
STL 16:55 Penalty to Joel Edmundson 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Zachary Aston-Reese)
PIT 16:22 Power play - GOAL scored by Evgeni Malkin assisted by Phil Kessel and Kris LetangPIT 6 STL 1
PIT 10:04 Penalty to Evgeni Malkin 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Joel Edmundson)
Box Score
Penguins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Sidney Crosby (C) 123300:0018:13
Bryan Rust (RW) 000010:005:33
Zachary Aston-Reese (C) 101215:0015:02
Derick Brassard (C) 011200:0016:25
Matt Cullen (C) 000210:0011:50
Phil Kessel (RW) 033100:0017:36
Dominik Simon (C) 000310:0014:35
Evgeni Malkin (C) 101202:0019:17
Tanner Pearson (LW) 011110:0014:55
Patric Hornqvist (RW) 112500:0016:43
Jake Guentzel (C) 101210:0016:28
Riley Sheahan (C) 000000:0012:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Brian Dumoulin (D) 011110:0021:04
Jack Johnson (D) 000040:0020:25
Kris Letang (D) 033220:0023:20
Marcus Pettersson (D) 000222:0018:13
Juuso Riikola (D) 101160:0015:48
Olli Maatta (D) 000120:0018:33

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Matt Murray (G) 30/311.968WIN
Casey DeSmith (G) 0/00.000
Blues
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Vladimir Tarasenko (RW) 000200:0017:38
Brayden Schenn (RW) 000100:0017:46
Ivan Barbashev (C) 000000:0011:07
David Perron (LW) 101300:0019:15
Robert Thomas (C) 000000:0011:01
Jaden Schwartz (LW) 000400:0018:41
Patrick Maroon (LW) 000400:0012:41
Jordan Nolan (C) 000100:009:16
Alexander Steen (C) 011004:0018:13
Oskar Sundqvist (C) 000210:0010:54
Tyler Bozak (C) 000100:0014:02
Ryan O'Reilly (C) 011000:0020:34

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Colton Parayko (D) 000330:0020:27
Jay Bouwmeester (D) 000112:0021:12
Alex Pietrangelo (D) 000300:0019:56
Robert Bortuzzo (D) 000200:0018:05
Vince Dunn (D) 000300:0017:47
Joel Edmundson (D) 000107:0018:17

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Jordan Binnington (G) 11/132.846
Jake Allen (G) 13/174.765LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Darren Gibbs
Linesmen Matt MacPherson
Referee Chris Rooney
Referee Wes McCauley