Series (Game 1 of 1)

St. Louis leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, December 13th

Penguins 0

(8-17-6, 22 pts)

Blues 3

(6-17-4, 16 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 13, 2005

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 0 00
STL 0 1 23

C. Sanford (Blues - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Fleury (Penguins - G): Saves: 39, Save Pct.: .951

J. Mayers (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Pittsburgh (8-16-6) at St. Louis (5-17-4) 8:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (8-16-6) at St. Louis (5-17-4) 8:00 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The struggling Pittsburgh Penguins look for their second victory in their last nine contests Tuesday when they take on the lowly St. Louis Blues.

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 the goal.

St. Louis won the last meeting against Pittsburgh in overtime on February 14, 2004, and has a 43-15-6 home record against the Penguins.