Crosby and the Penguins set Blues back with another loss


After winning their first game in the aftermath of Ken Hitchcock losing his job and Mike Yeo taking over as head coach, the St. Louis Blues took a step back Saturday.

Facing the Pittsburgh Penguins is a challenge for the best teams in the league. The Blues, looking to build off Thursday’s impressive win over Toronto, had a brutal first period — they were outshot 12-4 — and the team with Sidney Crosby as its star was happy to exploit that.

In the end, St. Louis lost 4-1, remaining two points out of a wild card spot.

Crosby opened the scoring with a beautiful goal, lifting a backhander top corner while down on one knee, for career point No. 995.

Crosby finished the night with three points. He’s up to 30 goals on the season and 997 points for his career. It’s certainly possible he reaches 1,000 career points when the Penguins host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

The Penguins were without Carl Hagelin for most of the game after taking a high hit. Coach Mike Sullivan said Hagelin suffered an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated.

Back to the Blues for now.

While Jake Allen has endured his struggles of late, it’s hard to fault this loss on him. He stopped 27 of 30 shots, but the Blues were only able to test Marc-Andre Fleury with 23 shots at the other end.

“For whatever reason, we weren’t aggressive enough,” said Yeo.

The bad news didn’t end there. St. Louis forward Robby Fabbri was hurt in the first period after getting hit along the boards.

He didn’t return to the game after suffering a lower-body injury, and Yeo didn’t have an update on Fabbri after the game.