Game Report: Blues 5, Penguins 4 (overtime)

The 2017-18 season could not have started much better for Alex Pietrangelo and the Blues on Wednesday night.

Playing on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, Pietrangelo’s second goal of the night 1:15 into overtime won the game for the Blues.

The goal allowed the Blues to overcome a poor finish in regulation, when they let a 4-2 lead slip away, sending the game to overtime.

Brayden Schenn, playing his first game for the Blues, made an ill-timed mistake when he closed his hand on the puck with 7:34 left in the third period. That gave the Penguins a 5-on-3 power play for 1:44, coming just 16 seconds after Robert Bortuzzo was called for tripping.

The Penguins took advantage of the opening with a power-play goal from Sidney Crosby and a goal by Conor Sheary 14 seconds after the second penalty expired to tie the game. The two goals came in a span of 54 seconds.

The Blues held the Penguins without a shot on goal in overtime, however, and Pietrangelo scored his second career overtime goal in Pittsburgh to win the game. His first goal came on Nov. 23, 2011.

It was Pietrangelo’s third career overtime goal. Schenn and Jaden Schwartz assisted on the goal. It was only the second two-goal game in Pietrangelo’s career.

The Blues built their lead on goals by Schenn, deflecting a pass off his skate, and Colton Parayko, on a power-play, in the first period and by Pietrangelo in the second period and Paul Stastny early in the third period.

Vladimir Sobotka assisted on two of the Blues’ goals.

Jake Allen stopped 29 of 33 shots by the Penguins.

Worth noting:
The game marked the NHL debuts for forward Tage Thompson and defenseman Vince Dunn. The 19-year-old Thompson was the Blues’ first-round pick in the 2016 draft while Dunn was drafted in the second round in 2015 … The Blues announced that they will wear a number 4 decal on their helmets throughout October to honor late defenseman Noel Picard, who died on Sept. 6 … It was the first time the Blues opened the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion since 1996, when they played Colorado at home.

Looking ahead: The Blues will host former coach Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars in the first home game this season on Saturday night at Scottrade Center. It’s their only home game among their first six games of the year.