Marc-Andre Fleury was flawless Sunday night.

He really didn't have much choice.

Not if the Penguins were going to tie their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series with the New York Rangers, anyway.

Perfection, after all, was practically the only thing that eluded Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the Penguins' 3-0 victory at Consol Energy Center in Game 2 of the series.

Well, that and a couple of pucks.


None of the 22 New York launched at Fleury got past him, however, so the Penguins have tied the series, 1-1, heading into Game 3 at 7:38 p.m. today at Madison Square Garden.

"He played outstanding," said defenseman Kris Letang, who scored the game-winning goal.

The shutout was the seventh of Fleury's playoff career, moving him past Tom Barrasso and into first place on the franchise's all-time list, as well as his 50th postseason victory.

It also was one of his finest playoff performances since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, even though he wasn't under serious assault for extended periods most of the game.

"It wasn't the busiest night," Fleury said.

Whether he'll be more busy this evening is difficult to predict.

The Rangers will be at home, but Game 3 will be their sixth game in nine days, a grueling stretch with few, if any, equals in recent playoff history.