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Penguins’ Fleury to wear Steelers-themed mask at Soldier Field

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the next Stadium Series game at Soldier Field in Chicago, so it makes sense that Marc-Andre Fleury is giving a nod to the Steelers with his mask.

His agent Alan Walsh passed along this image of the mask by Stephane Bergeron.

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It’s not the first time Fleury acknowledged the Penguins’ NFL cousins, as he went out with a real Steelers helmet to support the team before an eventual Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers back in 2011:

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Bergeron also designed Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford’s mask, which sadly doesn’t evoke Mike Ditka or even the intense look in Mike Singeltary’s eyes.

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Is it too late to throw in a Jim McMahon bandanna, at least?

Video: Fleury robs Karlsson with glove

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has his fair share of critics and advocates, but just about anyone would agree that his glove save on Ottawa Senators star Erik Karlsson was a thing of beauty on Monday:

“The Flower” beefed up his league-leading wins total to 30 tonight thanks to James Neal’s deciding goal as the Penguins won 2-1 in OT.

Buffalo can’t solve Fleury in 3-0 loss to Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller did his part tonight by stopping 31 of 33 shots against the offensively gifted Pittsburgh Penguins, but his teammates couldn’t help him out. The Sabres fired 24 shots on goal against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins’ netminder turned them all aside in a 3-0 win on Monday.

The Penguins outshot the Sabres 15-5 in the first period, but this game was still scoreless through 20 minutes. It wasn’t until the Penguins were given the opportunity to gang up on Miller for a sustained period of time that Chris Kunitz finally broke the tie.

Although Deryk Engelland provided the Penguins with some extra breathing room and Tanner Glass later sealed the deal with an empty-net goal, Kunitz’s marker proved to be enough for Fleury tonight. It was his fourth shutout of the season and Fleury is now just one victory away from becoming the first goalie to reach the 30-win milestone in 2013-14.

Buffalo is the second team in the league to lose 30 games in regulation and remains dead-last in the NHL with 35 points. Meanwhile the Penguins improved to 37-14-2 and have surpassed the 75-point mark before any other team in the Metropolitan Division reached 60.

Video: Milbury critiques breaking up the Budaj-Fleury fight

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Plenty of people were bummed out that officials kept a Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Peter Budaj fight from happening on Wednesday. Mike Milbury was one of them, as he believes that it was a “politically correct” decision made based on the controversies surrounding Ray Emery’s incident with Braden Holtby.

The video below captures what Milbury and Keith Jones had to say about a scene that was memorable, even if a fight didn’t happen:

Hold me back: Fleury, Budaj almost fight in Pens win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens was all about goalies … and not just Carey Price getting pulled. A scuffle late in the third nearly opened the door for fight between Marc-Andre Fleury and Peter Budaj.

Oddly enough, you may agree that a near-goalie fight (and all the histrionics involved) is actually almost as entertaining as the fisticuffs themselves:

During the second intermission of the Detroit Red Wings – Chicago Blackhawks Rivalry Night Match on NBCSN, Mike Milbury critiqued it as the “politically correct” move, especially in light of the Braden Holtby – Ray Emery fight.

Of course, one cannot discuss Penguins goalie fights (and one-sided ones) without calling back to Brent Johnson vs. Rick DiPietro:

While the thwarted fight upset many, chances are the Canadiens and especially the Penguins are probably pretty happy that they avoided an injury to a netminder.