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ST. LOUIS -- What a difference 48 hours has made for the St. Louis Blues.

On Thursday morning, the Blues faced a daunting back-to-back against Central Division rivals Colorado at home followed by a quick trip to Winnipeg. The team was also coming off one of the worst losses of the season, a 6-2 rout against Minnesota on Tuesday.

A prolonged slide and St. Louis could have been on the outside looking in amid a tight Central Division race.

Instead, the Blues answered with two of their most impressive efforts of the season, beating Colorado 6-1 and Winnipeg 5-2.

"We all said we needed to bounce back after that game," Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after Friday's win. "It's most important not only to say it but to do it. I think it was a really good effort with Colorado and tonight in this building, which may be one of hardest buildings to play in. We're really happy to get a win today."

Tarasenko snapped a six-game scoreless streak with two goals against the Jets and goalie Jake Allen made 20 saves to earn his first win since Dec. 23. Allen also passed Grant Fuhr for third on the all-time franchise win list with 109.

It was just the fourth time Winnipeg lost in regulation on home ice in 26 games this season, and the Blues (34-20-3), with 71 points, moved to within two points of the Jets for the Central Division lead.

St. Louis has won eight of its last 11 games.

The Blues will have no time to rest as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, on Sunday at noon EST.

The Blues beat the Penguins 5-4 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Oct. 4. St. Louis has earned points in four of its last five games against Pittsburgh.

However, the Blues did get bad news Friday morning as they will be without defensemen Joel Edmundson, who suffered a compound fracture of his right forearm against Colorado on Thursday. Edmundson, the team's blocked shots leader at 125, will miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

The Penguins (30-22-4, 64 points) enter the contest coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in Dallas on Friday. They have won 11 of their last 16 games.

"Ideally, we would like to get two points," Pittsburgh defenseman Ian Cole told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "but given the situation we were in, down one, to battle back and get a point, give ourselves a chance to win it in overtime or shootout was good. Didn't happen today. We're happy with the response and battle-back we had."

The Penguins will look to re-establish their power play against the Blues. On Friday, Pittsburgh went scoreless with the man advantage for the third straight game, their longest drought since a four-game span from Dec. 11-18.

"I liked the power play tonight," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told the Post-Gazette. "They had some pretty good looks. They just didn't score."

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Playing with discipline/staying out of the box is going to be key in this game. The penalty kill is going to have to be solid, because the Pens have so much offensive power (Malkin 2nd in the League in goals). We need our power play to be able to respond when (if?) given the chance.

Hopefully the Blues still have this new energy they found in the last couple of games.

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Whoever the KMOX analyst is doing this pre-game is seriously reaching with his Murray/Fleury vs Allen/Hutton argument.

Key to the game - play in the Penguins end and take advantage of their weaker defense.

And in typical NBC's lame attempts to draw viewers, this will be a 12:30 start - not a noon start.

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And one minute in, we take a penalty. :facepalm:

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After one period, 0-0. Blues don't look quite as sharp as they did in the Winnipeg game, but they don't look bad. I would say neither team has really had much of an advantage yet. Blues probably had an edge on scoring chances.

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Brodziak scores off a fortunate bounce after a failed 2-on-1 break.

1-0 Blues.

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And Crosby scores on the very next shift.

1-1.

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I was just ready to complain about The Blues not scoring on the 2 on 1, when Brodziak pops the puck into the net on a feed from behind. Blues lead 1-0!!!

But, in a VERY Bluesy manner, they give up a goal on the following shift! Boo!

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I find it extremey funny that Panger, describing Brodeur's helping Allen with his mental game 2 years ago, said that what Allen learned from him would "stick with him FOREVER". Given that Allen has had two absolutely TERRIBLE runs in consecutive years since then, during which he could stop a beachball, I think it's weird for Pang to have said that - especially considering that Pang was a career goaltender, and he watches ALL The Blues' games. He seems to be trying to make The Blues look good in front of The US national TV audience. But, I am disappointed in Pang, as he is usually accurate. He could have easily phrased it correctly, that when Allen was in a funk a couple years ago, Brodeur talked with him, and brought him out of it so well, that he had a fantastic run to the playoffs, and did a superb job in the playoffs.

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The Blues have played well for 2 periods. They should be leading 4 or 5 to 1, if not for the brilliant play of Murray. I hope they continue driving the net in The 3rd.

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That was some horrible officiating.

By my count the Blues are owed 7 power plays just from that 2nd period. Don't worry. Panger won't mention any of this.

Gunnarson tripped 3 times.
Upshall stick slashed out of his hands on that PK after the weak slashing call against Bouwmeester
Pietrangelo hooked as he is clearing the puck as the PK ends.
Completely blown too many men call when the Penguins had 7 skaters plus the goalie on the ice and wound up with a shot on goal from one of the extra guys.
Schwartz elbowed off a faceoff by Schultz.

What ticks me off about this, is just before the period starts you see Crosby whining to the ref about something. Surprise, surprise. 0 penalties called against the Penguins - several of which were quite blatant penalties and only the Penguins getting a power play drawn by Crosby with Bouwmeester "slashing" his stick.

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Pietrangelo blasts in a hot wrister!!! Seems to have been deflected by Stastny. It's being reviewed for being too high. Dang! No goal. Booo! I say not enough evidence to overturn the on-ice call.

And, in typical Bluesy fashion, The Pens score on a breakaway, with Allen's stick not flat on the ice. Boo! Hisss!

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Murray robs Tarasenko with a super high glove save!

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Not a good power play execution, at all, by The Blues.

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Blues getting frustrated and slipping back into their sloppy play. Can't connect a pass.

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Not a fun game to watch after The Blues scored the first goal. Typically, The Blues didn't have long to enjoy the lead (only 21 seconds). And it went downhill from then. The Blues played well for 2 periods. Just bad luck that the refs decided there WAS enough clear evidence that Stastny's stick was above the crossbar. The Blues, as often happens, let down in the following shift, and gave up the winning goal. After that, The Blues seemed to lose their energy, which, up till then, had kept The Pens' offence in check. That opened the door for Pittsburgh to control the rest of the game.

I feel that The Blues have a fragile mental make-up that keeps them from having a winning attitude. They need a few more players like Schwartz. Until they add such players, they will need a lot of luck to get far in the playoffs.

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Horrible officiating didn't help in this one. Pittsburgh is the most penalized team in the league, yet the refs seemed to put away their whistles for most of this game, which heavily favored the Penguins who kept getting away with blatant infractions.

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