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Penguins Best Fleury In Return

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Marc-Andre Fleury’s tenure in Pittsburgh wasn’t always roses, but Flower was a huge part of the organization during some of the Penguins’ best years and when Pittsburgh ultimately decided to send him to Vegas (the Penguins gave Vegas a second round pick in exchange for them agreeing to take Fleury in the expansion draft), he left as a three-time Stanley Cup champion who won 375 regular season games and 62 playoff contests with Pittsburgh.  So it was great to see the Penguins’ tribute to him last night be followed by a lengthy standing ovation from the fans.  You can see the video of that here.

 

Afterwards, Fleury thanked the Penguins and admitted that he did cry during the tribute, per Josh Yohe.

 

He didn’t slow down the hot Penguins in his return to Pittsburgh though.   Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Sidney Crosby had another big night with Malkin recording his 30th goal while Crosby got his 60th point.  In the end it was Pittsburgh that got the win, though Fleury has been amazing this season when healthy and he’s helped the Golden Knights on their incredible expansion team run so far.  Meanwhile, after some shaky points from Pittsburgh, the two-time defending champion Penguins are looking like one of the best teams in the league going into the final stretch.

 

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ANAHEIM 4 BUFFALO 3 (OT)

 

Adam Henrique scored the overtime winner.  It was his 16th goal and 32nd point in 54 games.  That includes 18 points in 30 contests since being acquired by the Ducks.

 

Ondrej Kase found the back of the net and registered an assist for Anaheim.  He’s up to 14 goals and 25 points in 39 games.

 

Ryan Miller kicked out 30 of 33 Sabres shots.  He had lost his previous four starts, though he had picked up a win on Jan. 25 in a relief appearance.  At any rate, it was a decent start for him after he surrendered six goals on Monday and three goals on just seven shots on Saturday.

 

Robin Lehner turned aside 29 of 33 shots last night.  He’s 11-20-7 with a 2.83 GAA and .913 save percentage in 40 contests.

 

Jack Eichel scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Sabres forward has 21 goals and 51 points in 53 games.

 

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PITTSBURGH 5 VEGAS 4

 

Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t slow down the red hot Penguins in his return to Pittsburgh.  The Vegas goaltender ended up surrendering five goals on 38 shots.

 

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and registered an assist for Pittsburgh.  He’s up to 30 goals and 62 points in 51 games, making him the second player this season to reach the 30-goal mark after Alex Ovechkin.

 

Phil Kessel netted the game-winning goal and recorded an assist.  That gives him 24 goals and 65 points in 55 contests.  He’s just one point shy of Nikita Kucherov and the scoring lead.

 

Sidney Crosby assisted on two of the Penguins’ five markers.  That brought him to the 60 point milestone in his 55th game.

 

Jonathan Marchessault scored a goal and registered an assist for Vegas.  That gives him 19 goals and 52 points in 50 games.

 

Matt Murray turned aside 21 of 25 shots to get his fourth straight win.  He has an 18-12-1 record, 2.97 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 34 games.

 

PHILADELPHIA 2 CAROLINA 1 (OT)

 

Jordan Weal scored the overtime winner.  It was his seventh goal and 15th point in 47 games.

 

Wayne Simmonds accounted for the Flyers’ other marker.  That gives him 18 goals and 33 points in 53 contests.

 

Elias Lindholm scored Carolina’s lone goal.  He has 15 goals and 29 points in 53 games.

 

Cam Ward kicked out 28 of 30 shots last night.  He has a 15-7-3 record, 2.65 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 27 contests.

 

Brian Elliott earned his third straight win by saving 27 of 28 shots.  He’s 20-11-7 with a 2.71 GAA and .909 save percentage in 39 games.

 

WASHINGTON 3 COLUMBUS 2

 

Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 12 goals and 41 points in 52 contests this season.

 

Alex Ovechkin assisted on two of Washington’s three goals.  He has 32 goals and 58 points in 53 games.

 

Braden Holtby turned aside 37 of 39 Blue Jackets shots.  He has a 27-10-2 record, 2.76 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 39 starts.

 

Brandon Dubinsky found the back of the net for Columbus.  He’s up to four goals and 13 points in 35 games.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped aside 22 of 25 shots Tuesday night.  He fell to 22-17-4 with a 2.48 GAA and .920 save percentage in 43 starts.

 

OTTAWA 5 NEW JERSEY 3

 

Matt Duchene led the charge for Ottawa with a goal and two assists.  He was cold following the trade to the Senators, but he’s bounced back in a big way by recording 14 points in his last 14 games.

 

Keith Kinkaid got the start, but was yanked halfway through the game after allowing four goals on 20 shots.  Eddie Lack got into his first NHL game since Nov. 15 and saved 15 of 16 shots.

 

Pavel Zacha assisted on two of New Jersey’s three goals.  He has three markers and 16 points in 45 contests.

 

Mike Hoffman scored a goal and registered an assist for Ottawa.  He has 14 goals and 36 points in 52 games in 2017-18.

 

Craig Anderson kicked out 30 of 33 Devils shots.  That gives him a 14-17-5 record, 3.15 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 38 games.

 

BOSTON 3 DETROIT 2

 

Danton Heinen found the back of the net and registered an assist.  The 22-year-old rookie is up to 12 goals and 37 points in 47 games.

 

Sean Kuraly also had a goal and an assist for the Bruins.  That gives him four goals and 10 points in 51 contests.

 

Tuukka Rask surrendered two goals on 28 shots Tuesday night.  That extended his winning streak to eight games, a span which has included seven starts where he allowed two or fewer goals.

 

At the other end of the ice, Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 31 shots.  In contrast to Rask, Howard has dropped his last five starts and has allowed at least three goals in each of those games.

 

Martin Frk scored a goal and registered an assist for Detroit.  He’s up to nine goals and 19 points in4 4 contests.

 

FLORIDA 3 VANCOUVER 1

 

Markus Granlund scored the Canucks’ only goal.  It was his eighth marker and 12th point in 52 games.

 

Aleksander Barkov scored two goals, including the game-winner.  He has 18 goals and 47 points in 50 contests.

 

Jamie McGinn accounted for the Panthers’ other marker.  That gives him seven goals and 15 points in 46 games.

 

Harri Sateri stopped 26 of 27 Canucks shots.  He’s won his last four starts as he continues to fill in as the team’s starter while Roberto Luongo and James Reimer are both sidelined.

 

Jacob Markstrom turned aside 37 of 39 shots on Tuesday.  He has a 15-18-5 record, 2.75 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 40 contests.

 

MINNESOTA 6 ST. LOUIS 2

 

Carter Hutton only lasted one period as he surrendered three goals on eight shots.  Jake Allen didn’t do much better though as he turned aside nine of 12 shots in relief.

 

At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk was solid with 35 saves on 37 shots.  He improved to 21-10-3 with a 2.64 GAA and .917 save percentage in 36 games.

 

Mikko Koivu scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has seven goals and 28 points in 53 games this season.

 

Jason Zucker also has a goal and an assist for Minnesota.  That gives him 22 goals and 40 points in 53 contests.

 

Jaden Schwartz found the back of the net for the Blues.  He’s up to 16 goals and 37 points in 35 games.

 

WINNIPEG 4 ARIZONA 3

 

Derek Stepan scored a goal and recorded an assist in the losing effort.  He has 10 goals and 32 points in 53 games.

 

Dustin Byfuglien found the back of the net and registered an assist.  The Jets defenseman is up to three goals and 23 points in 42 contests.

 

Dmitry Kulikov scored the game-winning goal.  He has three goals and 11 points in 49 contests this season.

 

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 of 24 shots last night.  He’s surrendered at least three goals in four of his last five starts, but he does have a 3-0-2 record over that span.

 

Antti Raanta stopped 19 of 23 Jets shots.  He’s 8-14-5 with a 2.62 GAA and .916 save percentage in 29 starts.

 

CALGARY 3 CHICAGO 2

 

Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to 25 goals and 47 points in 52 contests.

 

Johnny Gaudreau assisted on two of the Flames’ three goals.  He has 16 goals and 61 points in 53 games.

 

Patrick Kane found the back of the net for the Blackhawks.  It was his 21st goal and 53rd point in 53 games.

 

Jeff Glass stopped 20 of 22 shots as the Flames’ last goal was an empty netter.  Glass has lost his last five starts as his last win came on Jan. 12.

 

Mike Smith saved 34 of 36 Blackhawks shots.  He has a 22-15-6 record, 2.50 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 45 starts.

 

COLORADO 3 SAN JOSE 1

 

Joel Ward scored the Sharks’ only goal.  He’s up to five goals and 11 points in 45 contests.

 

Tyson Jost found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him four goals and 12 points in 35 games.

 

J.T. Compher also had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.  He has 11 goals and 19 points in 39 contests.

 

Jonathan Bernier saved 38 of 39 Sharks shots.  He improved to 16-9-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .919 save percentage in 27 contests.

 

Martin Jones kicked out 17 of 19 shots on Tuesday.  He has a 15-13-5 record, 2.60 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 35 starts.



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