About the only thing Marc-Andre Fleury missed Sunday was the obvious, that he is the Penguins' most valuable player.

The truth is there wasn't another player in the running for the annual award, presented to Fleury before he stopped 37 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center.

"I wasn't really expecting that," he said of the team MVP honor. "It's a nice reward to have. I just tried to put it aside and get two points for the game."

Earning two points - or, more precisely, willing the Penguins to two points - has been Fleury's specialty in recent games. Put more bluntly, the Penguins have scored a mere two goals in their last three games, and have won all three.

It doesn't get more valuable than that.

His name is starting to surface in conversations about even bigger prizes - the Vezina (top goalie) and Hart (MVP) Trophies.

"If he doesn't win the Vezina, he should be considered for the Hart," Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said.