Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk came into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a seven-game point-streak, which wasn’t even the longest on his team. That distinction belonged to Alexander Steen, who carried a nine-game streak into the matchup at Scottrade Center. “It’s nice to hide in the shadows of Alex Steen and not worry about it,” Shattenkirk said before the game. “I’m hoping he keeps his going for as long as possible and no one will hear about mine.” Perhaps bringing more notoriety to Steen’s streak is that it included 10 goals. Shattenkirk had eight assists in his streak, and in fact, was still looking for his first goal of the season. “It’s coming soon,” Shattenkirk said. “I can feel it.” The prophecy was fulfilled about 10 hours later and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Blues, who used the goal to eke out a 2-1 victory over the Penguins in front of a crowd of 18,685. In a game that both sides were calling a measuring stick for themselves, the Blues came out on top, running their record to 11-2-2 — which ties the record for the best start in franchise history through 15 games. The Blues will be back on the ice Tuesday at Scottrade Center against the Phoenix Coyotes for the third installment of their five-game homestand. After holding on for a 3-2 win over Calgary on Thursday, the Blues were knotted 1-1 with Pittsburgh with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Shattenkirk teed up from just inside the point, and while it appeared teammate Vladimir Tarasenko got a piece of it with his stick, the defenseman got credit for the goal that came with 9 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in regulation. “It was a great play,” Shattenkirk said. “Our forwards did a great job of keeping the puck alive. Get a (defenseman to defenseman pass from Barret Jackman) and throw it to the net. We think someone might have tipped it, but for now, I’ll take it.” Jackman said that Shattenkirk’s prediction was a sham. “That’s what he says every day,” Jackman said. “Eventually he was going to be right.” Either way, the Blues held on and improved to 7-0-1 in Saturday night home games dating back to last season.
Shattenkirk sparks Blues by Penguins
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Nov 10