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Streaking Penguins improve NHL record with Blues win

THE Pittsburgh Penguins beat the St Louis Blues 5-1 on Tuesday to maintain their blistering start to the new season with a sixth win in a row.

The Penguins improved their NHL-best record to 8-1-0 to start the season and got goals came from five different skaters on Tuesday.

The Blues were simply blown away by the Stanley Cup champions, who outshot their opponents 20-3 in the first period.

"To be able to come out and play the way that we did, no matter who we're playing against, is a good feeling," Matt Cooke, who had a goal and an assist, told reporters. "We also got scoring for a lot of different players and that's a big help."

Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Goligoski scored the other goals for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves.

Pittsburgh dominated the early action, taking the first 10 shots of the game before Kennedy scored his team-leading fifth of the season at 11:19. Malkin made it 2-0 on a power play just over a minute later.

The Penguins added two more goals in the second period and another in the third.

Malkin had 12 shots on goal and Fleury improved to 8-0, setting a career best for most consecutive victories.

"It's a good feeling how well this team's playing right now," Fleury said. "I'm sure (a loss) will come, but hopefully we can keep it going."

Lone goal

Paul Kariya scored the lone goal for the Blues, who slipped to 3-3-1.

"For us not to be ready to play the defending Stanley Cup champions is unacceptable," Blues goalie Chris Mason said. "To come out like we did against these guys, this is what's going to happen."

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second period and did not return.

In Montreal, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta scored in the shootout as Montreal snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Atlanta. Gionta, who scored late in the first period, sealed the win with a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec on Montreal's third attempt of the shootout.

Jaroslav Halak stopped Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley on the Thrashers' first two attempts.

Colby Armstrong scored for Atlanta.

In Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored once and added two assists to lead Calgary 6-3 over Columbus. It was the first multipoint game of the season for the struggling Flames captain, who had only two goals and two assists through the first eight games.

Iginla played his second consecutive game on a line centered by Craig Conroy, and the reunited linemates combined to set up first-period goals by Curtis Glencross and Jay Bouwmeester as Calgary took a 3-1 lead.

Daymond Langkow, Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored for the Flames. Rick Nash, Derrick Brassard, and Jakub Voracek had goals for the Blue Jackets.


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