NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Pittsburgh|
(Wednesday, March 25th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Calgary 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Kris Letang and Hal Gill each scored a goal
and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 31 shots faced for his fourth shutout of the
season, as the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Calgary Flames, 2-0, at Mellon
Sidney Crosby notched an assist and extended his point streak to 10 games,
while NHL points leader Evgeni Malkin also had a helper for the Penguins, who
recovered after having a three-game winning streak snapped against
Philadelphia on Sunday.
"Even though they got some power plays there were guys on the penalty kill
that did a great job," said Fleury. "It was a good confidence-booster for us
Pittsburgh now has 88 points and sits in sixth place in the Eastern
Miikka Kiprusoff turned in a solid performance between the pipes for Calgary,
stopping 26-of-28 shots. The Flames, who were coming off a 5-3 win over
Detroit on Monday, have split their last six games.
Calgary, with 90 points, leads the Northwest Division, three ahead of
Vancouver and is in third place in the Western Conference behind Detroit and
"Fleury was very good, but we have to find a way to score goals," said Flames
coach Mike Keenan. "In those cases when you're given the man-advantage, and
you work for it, you have to capitalize on it."
With the Penguins clinging to a 1-0 lead after two periods, Pittsburgh got an
insurance goal 6:43 into the third. Gill took a drop pass from Malkin and
ripped it high over the glove of Kiprusoff to put the hosts up by two.
Both sides had several chances throughout the period, but were unable to light
the lamp. Then the Flames pulled Kiprusoff with over a minute remaining in
favor of the extra man, but Fleury wouldn't surrender a goal.
Letang opened the scoring 8:20 into the contest with the Penguins skating with
the power play. After Kiprusoff made a point-blank save, Crosby slid the puck
over to Letang, who shoveled it into the wide open net from in close to give
Pittsburgh the early lead.
In the second, both netminders came to the forefront with Fleury making 10
saves and Kiprusoff turning aside eight shots as the Pens maintained a one-
goal lead after two periods.
It was Fleury's 15th career shutout...Pittsburgh will resume its eight-game
homestand against the New York Rangers on Saturday, while the Flames finish
their brief two-game road trip at Columbus on Thursday...Malkin now has an
NHL-leading 73 assists and 106 points...Pittsburgh improved to 4-1-1 on its
eight-game homestand and are now 22-13-3 as the hosts this season...Calgary
fell to 1-11 with two ties in its last 13 trips to Pittsburgh with the lone
victory coming on December 3, 2006...The Flames dropped to 18-16-2 as the
visitor this season.
03/26 03:08:03 ET