PENGUINS REMAIN HOT AS FLEURY SHUTS OUT PANTHERS, 3-0
Marc-Andre Fleury was perfect Tuesday night to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Panthers at Mellon Arena.
The victory snapped a seven-game home losing streak against Florida for the Penguins.
"The guys played great. They helped me out a lot," Fleury said. "It made my job easier."
Fleury was busy in goal denying the Panthers with several acrobatic saves. He turned aside all 32 shots he faced to earn the shutout - his third of the year and fifth of his young career.
"I got some good bounces on my side," Fleury said. "My defense helped me out, too, and that's always a big part of getting a shutout."
In the process, Fleury and the Penguins kept Panthers captain Olli Jokinen off the scoresheet. He had 11 points (7+4) in his last six games against Pittsburgh.
"It's good to end this bad streak and get the win and move on," Fleury said. "It was good to keep him without points, too."
The Penguins (23-17-8) boosted their points streak to seven games (6-0-1) with the victory.
"I think it's a pretty good stretch. I don't think I've ever had that many wins in a row," Fleury said. "It's a pretty good feeling knowing that we have a chance to win every game."
Michel Ouellet got the Penguins on the scoreboard with 1:49 left in the first period. On a 2-on-1, Evgeni Malkin fed a pass to Ouellet on the far side near the slot. Ouellet kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and backhanded a shot past Ed Belfour for a 1-0 lead. Jordan Staal added an assist.
Dominic Moore scored 2:39 into the second period for a 2-0 Penguins lead. After Ronald Petrovicky dumped the puck into the near end, Jarkko Ruutu hustled to the corner, won the battle for the loose puck and fired to the front of the net. Moore settled the puck and flipped it past Belfour for a 2-0 advantage.
Ryan Whitney found the back of the net with 9:14 left in the period. Along the boards, Crosby dropped a pass to Ouellet before taking a big check into the boards. Ouellet fired a cross-crease pass to Whitney on the near post, who one-timed it into the goal for a power-play goal.
ICE CHIPS: Chris Thorburn was the Penguins' healthy scratch...Gary Roberts was the Panthers' scratch...The announced attendance was 15,405...Marc-Andre Fleury (No. 1), Michel Ouellet (No. 2) and Ryan Whitney (No. 3) were the game's three stars.