Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik simply laughed at the memory of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's struggles early last season. Those days seem like a lifetime ago. Fleury bailed out the Penguins' offense for the second time this homestand and led them to their eighth straight victory in a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Friday at Consol Energy Center. The goaltender stopped 28 of 29 shots and denied both shooters in the shootout. Center Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for a second straight game, while right wing James Neal hasn't scored since Feb. 19. Both scored in the shootout. "It was last year that everybody wanted to trade him," Orpik said with a smile. "Thank God (General manager) Ray (Shero) didn't listen to everybody else." Fleury allowed the Panthers to take a 1-0 lead, when Tomas Fleischmann took advantage of a fortunate carom and shoved a rebound into an empty net. But that was all the goaltender would allow. He stopped Fleischmann on a breakaway later in the second period and made two stellar saves late in the third period to preserve a 1-1 tie.
Fleury lifts Pens to 8th straight win
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Mar 10