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Penguins notebook: Fleury admits shutout record is modest total

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 5:33 p.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save against the Rangers' Rick Nash on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Marc-Andre Fleury isn't impressed.

A 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday at Consol Energy Center was his Penguins-record 23rd shutout.

“The thing is, it's not a lot,” Fleury said.

Fleury has played in 455 games since his debut in October 2003.

His backup with the Penguins, goalie Tomas Vokoun, has posted 40 shutouts in that span.

Martin Brodeur — Fleury's boyhood idol — has recorded 56 shutouts over that same period.

His NHL record of 120 is probably safe.

Fleury, though, could get closer to the exclusive 500 club — Brodeur and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy are the only NHL goalies to win at least 500 games — than anybody would have imagined when the Penguins moved up to draft him first overall in 2003.

He has 241 victories, and Fleury is only 28.

He has recorded 35 wins in five straight seasons that he has appeared in at least 40 games. His 15 victories pace the NHL.

Fleury has often cited wins as the most important statistic, but he was relieved to break a longstanding tie with Tom Barrasso.

Barrasso's 22nd shutout came during his last season with the Penguins (1999-2000).

Fleury was stuck on 22 shutouts since Feb. 21, 2012, also against the Rangers.

Malkin update

Coach Dan Bylsma said he is not sure of an “exact timeline” for center Evgeni Malkin's return.

Malkin (upper-body injury) missed a fourth straight game Saturday. He didn't work out on the ice before the game, Bylsma said.

The Penguins play the Boston Bruins at home Sunday. Bylsma did not rule out the possibility that Malkin could play against the Bruins.

“Don't know,” Bylsma said.

Malkin was injured last Saturday at Toronto on a hit by Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk. Malkin has missed four consecutive games, as many as he did earlier in the season with a concussion.

He appeared to injure his shoulder, though the Penguins have not disclosed specifics of his injury other than to rule out another concussion.

The Penguins' original prognosis for Malkin's return was one to two weeks.

Around the boards

Left winger Matt Cooke left the game in the third period and did not return. … Defenseman Kris Letang's next point will be his 200th. He assisted on right winger Tyler Kennedy's goal against the Rangers. … Center Sidney Crosby failed to record a point in consecutive home games for the first time since February 2009.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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