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Comeau scores twice, leads Penguins past Blues 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blake Comeau had two goals and an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday night.

Patrick Hornqvist and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game skid. Sidney Crosby got his 40th assist on Hornqvist’s goal.

Pittsburgh is 12-4-2 against Western Conference teams and 5-1-1 in its last seven road games.

Playing in place of starter Marc-Andre Fleury, backup goalie Thomas Greiss proved up to the challenge. Greiss stopped 21 shots and had the Blues shut out until giving up a goal to Dmitrij Jaskin with 5:27 left.

Ian Cole added a goal for St. Louis on a one-timer at 18:38. Vladimir Tarasenko assisted on both Blues goals, and Brian Elliott made 25 saves.

Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm made a costly mistake, one night after scoring his first NHL goal in a 5-1 win over Boston.

Attempting to clear the puck from behind his own net late in the first period, Lindbohm tried a pass that was intercepted by Comeau. He walked in front and beat Elliott with a backhand at 16:31.

Pittsburgh extended its lead with two second-period goals. Tarasenko was off for holding when Crosby found Hornqvist in the slot and he beat Elliott at 6:26. Comeau then scored his 14th of the season when he re-directed Simon Despres’ shot from the point at 15:38.

Comeau assisted on Sutter’s 12th goal that made it 4-0 at 12:21 of the third.

NOTES: The Blues and San Jose Sharks are the only teams Crosby has not scored against. … St. Louis is 1-2 on its four-game homestand. … Greiss has lost just once in his last seven starts (4-1-2). … Pittsburgh was visiting St. Louis for first time since Nov. 9, 2013, and the game attracted a standing-room only crowd of 19,120.

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