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 Arena.
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 tonight."
Pittsburgh now has 88 points and sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
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 San Jose.
"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