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Fleury's win streak reaches nine games

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Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
 

BOSTON -- The Penguins' eight-game winning streak ended in Toronto on Wednesday, but goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's personal streak continues.

Fleury has won nine consecutive starts following an outstanding performance in a 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Although Boston's offense was silenced most of the game by the Penguins' strong defensive work, there were a few notable lapses late in the game.

Fleury was there every time.

"Flower was great," right wing Pascal Dupuis said, "especially down the stretch."

Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots.

He made the save of the game with less than three minutes remaining. Boston left wing Brad Marchand managed to slip between defensemen Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang, finding himself alone against Fleury. Marchand's shot was ticketed for inside the post, but Fleury made the save with his right pad.

"He was exceptional," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

The only goal Fleury allowed -- defenseman Joe Corvo scored on a shot from the left point -- occurred simply because the goaltender never saw the shot. Marchand and defenseman Zbynek Michalek were screening Fleury in front of the net.

"They get one because he can't see it," Bylsma said. "Pretty much everything else, he was able to see."

And he was able to stop.

"Real big saves today," Bylsma said.

Fleury has allowed more than three goals in a game only three times this season.

The Shamrock Line

The Penguins unveiled a new line yesterday when newly acquired center Cal O'Reilly centered wingers Steve Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy. Although the line didn't produce a goal, it did earn enough opportunities to impress Bylsma.

O'Reilly made a quick pass to an open Sullivan in the slot that the winger wasn't expecting in the third period. Bylsma liked what he saw from O'Reilly.

"I saw a number of hands plays," Bylsma said. "Passing plays. We had a couple of chances to score goals tonight. It didn't quite materialize for him, but he was in those spots. You can see what he brings in the skill area. His battle level, (even though) he's not a real big guy, was evident at both ends of the rink."

Sid skates again

Center Sidney Crosby, who was joined in the press box during the game by injured teammates Jordan Staal and Simon Despres, skated before the game in Boston. There remains no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Scratches

Right wing Colin McDonald and defenseman Ben Lovejoy were healthy scratches. Right wing Arron Asham remains out with a concussion.

 

 

 
 


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