Fleury's incredible week unnoticed around the league

| Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Marc-Andre Fleury's incredible week was appreciated in Western Pennsylvania, but apparently not by fans around the league. The league announced its weekly "3 stars," and Fleury was not included. Instead, the NHL honored Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, Anaheim winger Corey Perry and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Fleury went 3-0 last week, stopping 77 of 79 shots. He also stopped all but one shot he faced while winning three consecutive shootouts. Fleury's eye-popping stats included a 0.61 GAA and .975 save percentage. Miller, who was named player of the week, went 3-0 and recorded two shutouts. He stopped 83 of 85 shots during this stretch. Perry scored five goals and added an assist during three games over the past week. Lundqvist went 2-0-1 while stopping 77 of 78 shots over his last three games.
  • The Penguins signed forward Paul Thompson to a two-year entry level contract. He attended the Penguins' development camp in 2010 and has just completed his fourth collegiate season at New Hampshire. Thompson was named the 2010-11 Hockey East Player of the Year after producing 28 goals and 52 points.
  • There is still no word on the status of C Dustin Jeffrey, who is expected to undergo an MRI soon to determine the severity of a lower body injury suffered last Thursday in Philadelphia.
Additional Information:

Today's game

Flyers at Penguins

7 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center

TV/Radio: FSN Pittsburgh/WXDX-FM (105.9) and The Penguins Radio Network

Penguins streak: Won 4

Season series: The Penguins are 2-3 against the Flyers this year and have dropped both home games to Philadelphia.

Who to watch: LW James Neal. He has one goal in 15 games with the Penguins but has created plenty of opportunities. He was dominant against the Flyers last week.

Trends: The Penguins have won four straight games via shootout, which is an NHL record. ...The Penguins, among the league leaders in fights all season, haven't dropped the gloves since March 14 in Ottawa. ...The Penguins are 0-6-1 at home this season against Philadelphia, Washington and the Rangers, perhaps their three biggest rivals. ... A victory in regulation will pull the Penguins even with the Flyers atop the Atlantic Division with 100 points. ... Philadelphia still has a game in hand on the Penguins.

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