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Stastny’s four-point night powers Blues past Pens

Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists, as his four-point night carried the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory at home over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

In a way, Paul Stastny’s trajectory parallels that of his team, the St. Louis Blues: pretty good, yet at times wildly disappointing.

Both looked pretty promising on Monday, however, as Stastny scored four points to help St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-2.

Stastny was involved in all three of the Blues’ third period goals as St. Louis overwhelmed Pittsburgh to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 victory.

It’s plausible that the Penguins ran out of gas as they were closing off a back-to-back set. The Penguins generated a 31-17 shots on goal advantage through the first 40 minutes, yet Brian Elliott’s strong work helped keep it 2-2 going into the second intermission.

(No one could stop Evgeni Malkin or Vladimir Tarasenko on their goals, mind you.)

After that, the Blues pulled away, with an empty-netter inflating the margin of victory just a bit.

What’s next

Following a five-game losing streak, the Blues are now winners of four of their last five games.

Does this mean they’ve turned the corner? Perhaps we’ll get a better idea based on how St. Louis handles a challenging four-game road trip.

Meanwhile, the Penguins remain a work in progress, even if their hard work is showing more often with Mike Sullivan behind the bench.