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Blues fall to superior Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Matt Cooke had a goal and an assist, four other Pittsburgh players scored, and the Penguins earned their sixth straight win by beating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Kris Letang had two assists, and Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Goligoski had goals. Only five of Pittsburgh's 18 skaters failed to record a point in the win that pushed the Penguins' record to an NHL-best 8-1.

Paul Kariya scored for the Blues, 1-3-1 in their past five games.

The Penguins took a season-high 43 shots and controlled play for much of the game against the Blues, who are on a road trip that has taken them to both coasts. St. Louis won its previous game at Anaheim on Saturday.

The Penguins took the first 10 shots in the opening 10:39 and took a lead they would not relinquish at 11:19. Kennedy skated in from the left-wing boards and took a slap shot from high in the left circle that beat Chris Mason. It was Kennedy's team-high fifth goal.

Only 69 seconds later, Malkin scored during a power play on his fourth shot attempt of the sequence. His last attempt came from the slot as Bill Guerin screened Mason.

Playing in his 300th consecutive game (including playoffs), Malkin tied his career high with 12 shots. The goal was his fourth of the season.

The Penguins scored two more goals in quick succession starting 7:29 into the second period. Fedotenko made it 3-0 with a power-play tally.

Cooke scored 36 seconds later, deflecting in a shot from Letang.

Kariya broke up Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid with 7:16 left in the second when he deflected Erik Johnson's wrist shot from the left point after a scrum in front. It was his team-high fourth goal.

Goligoski made it 5-1 at 9:44 of the third when he took a feed from Sidney Crosby and scored his second of the season.

Fleury made 22 saves, including an impressive pad stop on a shot from the slot by David Perron in the third period. He improved to 8-0, setting a career high for most consecutive victories.

NOTES: Penguins D Sergei Gonchar didn't play over the final 27 minutes because of an undisclosed injury. ... Crosby's point was his 405th with the Penguins, moving him into sole possession of 10th place on the club's career list at age 22. ... Goligoski has five points and is a plus-9 in his past six games. ... The Penguins improved to 18-0-1 the past two seasons under coach Dan Bylsma when leading after two periods and 21-0-2 when scoring first. They are 7-0 this season when they net the first goal and 6-0 when they record at least 30 shots.

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