Frustration is mounting in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins have
the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference (8), have been
outscored, 29-14, in their last eight games and have surrendered
a league-high 122 goals.
Playing again without Mario Lemieux, who is out with an
irregular heartbeat, the Penguins managed a season-low 17 shots
on goal in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Mark
Recchi scored with 29 seconds left to prevent a shutout.
Things also have been dismal for the Blues, who are last in the
league in victories (5) and points (14) and have yielded the
most goals in the Western Conference (106).
Keith Tkachuk scored twice and extended his points streak to six
games Saturday as St. Louis lost for the sixth time in seven
outings, a 5-4 overtime defeat to the New York Rangers.
Two days following the loss, the Blues released goaltender
Patrick Lalime after he went 3-11-4 with a 3.97 goals-against
average. He gave up the game-winner against the Rangers after a
shot hit the glass behind the net and bounced off his back into
St. Louis won the last meeting against Pittsburgh in overtime on
February 14, 2004, and has a 43-15-6 home record against the