Fleury, Crosby help steal a shootout win for Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were badly outshot, but managed to beat the Anaheim Ducks anyway.

The Penguins managed only 17 shots through three periods of regulation and the overtime, while allowing 31 Anaheim Ducks. Yet, in the end, and after a six-round shootout, the Penguins emerged victorious by a final of 3-2.

“We got a lot of work early on our defensive zone coverage,” said Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Marc-Andre Fleury was busy in this one, making 29 saves. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Brandon Sutter scored in the skills competition for Pittsburgh.

Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

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

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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

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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: