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FLEURY, PENGUINS SHUT DOWN CAPITALS, 2-0

Saturday, 02.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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FLEURY, PENGUINS SHUT DOWN CAPITALS, 2-0
For the second time in three games, Marc-Andre Fleury was a brick wall in goal.

Fleury turned away all 30 Washington shots to notch his second shutout in three games Saturday afternoon to lead the Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Capitals.

"I just go one game at a time. I just try to take one shot at a time and make one save at a time," he said. "I think the team is helping me out a lot, too. They are blocking shots and clearing rebounds away, which is a huge help for the goalie. The defense was great and the forwards were coming back."

And, Ronald Petrovicky scored a goal to give the winger points in three of his last four games, too.

"It's a huge two points for us. It feels great. I really enjoyed the game today; it was a big game," he said. "We can enjoy it for a little bit, but we have to get ready for Montreal tomorrow."

The victory pushed the Penguins' winning streak to a season-high six games. The last time the team won six games in a row happened in January, 2002. In addition, Pittsburgh has picked up a point in its last nine games.

One streak came to an end, though, as Washington's Alex Ovechkin was held scoreless to snap his 13-game points spree.

Petrovicky wristed a shot past Olaf Kolzig with 9:51 left in the second period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Streaking down the far boards, his shot snuck past Kolzig's blocker for an unassisted goal.

Jordan Staal provided the exclamation point late in the third period with an empty-net goal. Evgeni Malkin sent a pass to Staal along the far boards and he skated in and shot the puck into the empty net with 38 seconds to play.

ICE CHIPS: Noah Welch and Colby Armstrong were the Penguins' scratches...Brent Johnson, Lawrence Nycholat, Matt Bradley and Kris Beech were the Capitals' scratches...The announced attendance was a standing room-only 17,132...Marc Andre Fleury (No. 1), Ronald Petrovicky (No. 2) and Ryan Malone (No. 3) were the game's three stars.

 

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