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PITTSBURGH, Pa. Charles Johnson Jersey . - Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma wants his high-powered team to get used to playing tight-checking playoff hockey before the post-season begins next month. St. Louis doesnt need the lure of the playoffs as an excuse to get stingy. The space-eating Blues have been doing it all year, and it showed in a taut 1-0 road win on Sunday. Frustrating the NHLs best power play during a pivotal two-man disadvantage at the start of the second period, the Blues continued their mastery of the Eastern Conference by beating the Penguins the way theyve beaten so many teams this season. The room to manoeuvr that Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin usually enjoy disappeared as St. Louis clogged passing lanes and dictated play defensively. David Backes deflected a slap shot by Alexander Steen past Marc-Andre Fleury midway through the third period for the games only goal and Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots to pick up his fourth shutout of the season as the Blues moved three points clear of Chicago in the race for the best record in the Western Conference. "When youre in a tight game like that against a good team, the guys kind of rose up to the challenge and I tried to make a couple saves and get the rebounds out of the zone and they did the rest," Elliott said. Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins but watched Backes deflection carom off his glove and into the net just after a penalty against Malkin expired. "I just saw the guy raise his stick for the shot," Fleury said. "There were a bunch of people in front. I tried to cover some net but I didnt see it go in. St. Louis bounced back from a one-sided loss at Philadelphia on Saturday to improve the leagues best road record to 23-11-3. Pittsburghs top-ranked power play went 0-for-5 a day after scoring three times in a win over Tampa Bay. When Elliott wasnt getting a pad on the puck, his teammates were. The Blues blocked 25 shots, with the Penguins frustration growing at every turn as the Blues improved to 20-5-2 against the Eastern Conference, the best interconference record in the league. Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 power play at the beginning of the second period for more than 90 seconds without being able to sneak something by Elliott. Most of the time the Penguins struggled generating a shot as the Blues effectively disrupted Pittsburghs rhythm. "We just kind of cleared lanes and I was able to see the ones they took," Elliott said. "Whenever guys are moving big guys out of the way, it just helps and you saw guys get in front of shots, block them and clear them down." Malkin was called for high-sticking 9:17 into the third and he was barely out of the box and back on the ice when Backes gave St. Louis the lead. The puck cycled to the point and Alexander Steen fired a slap shot that Backes found a way to nick as it sailed by. His 24th goal of the year proved more than enough. Elliott wobbled several times — including at least two saves where it appeared the puck was creeping to the goal line when the whistle blew — but didnt collapse. When the clock expired after one last clear up the zone, the game ended with the unusual sight of Malkin trying to mix it up with Alex Pietrangelo. Bylsma said coming into an important weekend he wanted his team to get used to playing tightly contested, low-scoring games. Pittsburgh survived one on Saturday, rallying for a 4-3 overtime win against the streaking Lightning that featured 40 minutes of clamp-down hockey and 22 minutes of frantic play. The Blues, who have positioned themselves into contenders in the West by sealing off the net, would not be lulled into the kind of end-to-end stretches that allow the Penguins to run free. "We still want to do a better job in these games and win them," Crosby said. "We have done a pretty good job of being patient when weve been in these kinds of games." At times, Bylsma wonders if his club was too patient, particularly in the first period. "The first 20 minutes we backed them off with speed," he said. "We had some opportunities and needed to have more of a drive and shoot mentality." NOTES: The Penguins played with seven defencemen instead of six, a move Bylsma said was needed in a game where he knew open ice would be at a premium. ... St. Louis plays in Toronto on Tuesday while the Penguins host Phoenix on Tuesday. Captain Munnerlyn Jersey . -- Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge on Tuesday. Russell Shepard Jersey . The Giants chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres. The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. San Francisco is still in good shape to clinch a wild-card berth, although it dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh in the race for the top spot. .ca. Kerry, In the closing minutes of the second period of Game 4 between Pittsburgh and Columbus there were the remnants of two broken sticks behind the Pittsburgh net.BOSTON - Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Caryle tried showing his team what it needed to correct during its recent slump.It seemed to work.Nazem Kadri and Mike Santorelli each scored in the shootout, lifting the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.Phil Kessel had a goal and his 200th assist with Toronto. Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.It was one of those games where I felt our hockey club played more to the lines of where it would be required on a consistent basis, he said. We needed it. Thats for sure. The one thing we tried to preach to our group was there has to be a Stop Sign to what we were doing. We were playing too loose. We cant continue to play no-touch hockey and thats what we felt we were playing.Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist. David Krejci and Torey Krug also scored for Boston, which is 3-1-1 in its last five.Santorelli beat Tuukka Rask in the opening round of the shootout, but Krug tied it on Bostons second chance.Kadri beat Rask with a backhander and goalie Jonathan Bernier dove at Bostons final shooter, Krejci, poking the puck away.I just got a stick on it, but he missed on it, Bernier said.Boston had three excellent chances in overtime, but couldnt get it past Bernier, who missed both of the previous games with the flu.I tried to drink as much water as possible, he said. In the third period they kept the puck in our zone and I was feeling a little dizzy there.The Bruins trailed 3-1 before scoring twice 2:03 apart in the final five minutes of second period.But that wasnt enough for them to be satisfied.Anytime you dont get the result, you do feel like that, centre Patrice Bergeron said. If you look back at it, we didnt get the start we wanted and it could have been the game right there if you have a better start.Krejcis goal sliced it to 3-2 with 4:322 left when he fired a shot that hit defenceman Cody Fransons stick and hopped over goaltender Berniers shoulder into the net. J.J. Jansen Jersey. Krugs shot from the left point hit two Toronto players near the crease before it trickled across the goal line.We didnt have a good start, Bruins coach Claude Julien said We need to play more of a 60-minute type of game.The Bruins tied the game 1-1 just 17 seconds into the second on Soderbergs power-play goal, but the Maple Leafs moved back in front 31 seconds later on van Riemsdyks goal. Kessel centred a pass from the right circle that van Riemsdyk redirected between Rasks pads, giving the winger his 200th assist.Toronto then moved ahead 3-1 on Kessels power-play score at 9:45 when he fired a wrist shot from the right circle that caromed in off the inside of the far post.Kessel had a penalty shot late in the first after he was hooked by Zdeno Chara. Rask poked the puck away as he was shifting to a backhand shot. Rask also robbed Kessel with a left-pad stop on a clean break-in midway into the second.Toronto jumped ahead 1-0 midway into the opening period when Komarov, out since Nov. 29 with a concussion, scored on a wrist shot from the slot.NOTES: Bruins LW Milan Lucic and Bergeron were both back after missing the last game with undisclosed injuries. ... Toronto RW Joffrey Lupul left with an undisclosed injury. Caryle said hell be heading back to Toronto for an MRI on his lower body. ... With no morning skate due to an NBA game between the Celtics-Sacramento during the afternoon, Bruins players were on exercise bikes outside the locker room about nine hours before faceoff. ... It was the fifth of seven games on the road for Toronto due the World Juniors being held in the Air Canada Centre. ... Boston F Loui Eriksson played his 600th career game. ... The Maple Leafs next play at Minnesota on Friday. ... Boston is off until Saturday when it hosts Ottawa. 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