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FLEURY STRONG IN 2-0 SHUTOUT OF FLYERS AT MELLON ARENA

Sunday, 03.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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Marc-Andre Fleury had a pretty good performance Saturday night.

He was even better Sunday.

Fleury stopped 22 shots to earn his second-career shutout with a 2-0 blanking of the Flyers at Mellon Arena.

“It was so good just to get a win,” he said. “They guys played awesome again tonight and that’s why I was able to get a shutout.”

Fleury blocked 38 of 41 shots in Saturday’s 6-3 home triumph over the Devils.

“We haven’t won that much this year, but to get two wins in a row is a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s good for everybody on the team – for the mental aspect, just to get some confidence. It was good to feel that feeling.”

Penguins coach Michel Therrien was pleased with his 21-year-old netminder.

“He was really solid this weekend. It’s nice to see him progressing and playing well at this time of the year,” he said. “He’s young and he’s learning, but that’s going to be good for his confidence with the way they he played this weekend. The guys in front of him played a really solid game.”

Colby Armstrong scored two goals Sunday night. He extended his points streak to eight games.

Armstrong’s power-play goal gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 12:39 left in the first period. Sidney Crosby sent a pass to the slot to a streaking Ryan Whitney, who fired it on goal. The puck deflected off goalie Robert Esche to Armstrong, who fired it into the net.

Armstrong scored his second 2:50 into the third. He took Crosby’s pass in the slot and rifled it past Esche. Jani Rita had an assist.

The Penguins killed off a rare seven-minute Flyers power play when Andre Roy drew a bevy of penalties when he fought Denis Gauthier with 9:30 to play.

“First of all, it was a bad penalty at this time of the game, but the guys did a fantastic job. We only allowed one shot, I believe,” Therrien said. “They stuck to the plan and to the system and played with a lot of desperation out there. They gave us the energy to kill it. They were outstanding.”

The Penguins are off until Thursday’s game in New Jersey.

“Since the Olympic break, we’ve played solid hockey. I believe we only had one bad game and it was in Washington. Other than that, I like the way we compete and we’re a tough team to play against,” Therrien said. “We’ll take one game at a time. Our objective is to make sure we’re going to be solid and work on our foundation. That’s our goal. We are giving a lot of chance to young players. That’s the way we see things. Right now, our work ethic is there, our conditioning is there. I think our fans really liked our team’s play and it was a great atmosphere.”

ICE CHIPS: Eric Boguniecki was the Penguins’ lone scratch. Derian Hatcher, Michal Handzus and Turner Stevensen were the Flyers’ scratches…The announced attendance was 14,904.

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