Marc-Andre Fleury made history Saturday.


And he knew it.

After the Penguins' 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center was complete and Fleury had muscled past Tom Barrasso in the franchise record book with his 23rd career shutout, he tossed his stick to a fan before adjourning to the locker room.

A nice gesture, to be sure, but the hard truth is that Fleury likely could have chucked his stick -- and most of his other equipment -- into the seats before the game, and still had a reasonably good shot at not giving up a goal.

The Rangers' eye-dropper offense simply isn't very menacing these days. Few of the 23 shots they launched at him were a significant threat to reach the back of the net, although New York did manufacture a few quality opportunities, mostly in the second period.

"That's probably when they came out the strongest," Fleury said. "Other than that, I thought our guys did a great job helping me out, keeping the shots from far away. Not too many scoring chances."