ST. LOUIS – Keith Tkachuk and Jamal Mayers each scored their eighth goals of the season and goalie Curtis Sanford made 21 saves as the St. Louis Blues shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Tuesday night.

The win broke the Blues’ three-game losing streak and gave them only their third win at home this season and just their sixth overall, fewest in the Western Conference. The Penguins (8-17-6), meanwhile, remained stuck at eight wins, the lowest total in the Eastern Conference.

Tkachuk’s goal was his eighth in nine games, extended his goal scoring streak to five games and gave him 15 points in his last seven games.

Mayers clinched the win for the Blues with a short-handed goal with about 5 minutes remaining. He put the puck between the legs of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after breaking in alone following a turnover by the Penguins.

Doug Weight finished the scoring with an empty netter with 50 seconds left.

Pittsburgh was shut out for the third time this year.

Sanford, who was making his first start since Nov. 26, improved his record to 3-4. Fleury dropped to 2-6-1 on the year despite making 39 saves.

St. Louis broke the 0-0 tie less than a minute into the second period when Tkachuk scored on a feed from Mike Sillinger.

The play developed as a 3-on-1 for with Dennis Wideman trailing after Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar fell down at the St. Louis blue line when he overskated Sidney Crosby’s drop pass.

The Blues won for only the third time this year when leading going into the third period.

The Penguins have not won a game this season when they’ve trailed after two periods, posting an 0-14-4 record.

Notes: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game. Bettman is traveling to the NHL Board of Governors meeting, which begins Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said the discussion of the Blues sale at the Governors meeting would be “only in the briefest of terms (as it’s) an ongoing process.”… Goalie Patrick Lalime, who cleared waivers Tuesday, was assigned to Peoria of the American Hockey League. St. Louis recalled goalie Jason Bacashihua to take his roster spot. .. Mario Lemieux missed his fourth straight game with an irregular heartbeat. However, he did resume skating Tuesday in Pittsburgh. … Former Blues player Eric Boguniecki returned to St. Louis for the first time since being traded last week.

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