NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Chicago
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Fleury posted his first career shutout and Konstantin Koltsov tallied his first NHL goal, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 1-0, at the United Center.
Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, stopped 20 shots for the Penguins, who picked up just their second win of the season (2-4-3).
"I was crossing my fingers towards the end of the game that they wouldn't score and luckily nothing went by me," said Fleury. "I tried not to think about the shutout, but I did."
Koltsov, Pittsburgh's first-round pick in the 1999 draft, had registered three assists in Wednesday's 4-4 tie with the New York Islanders.
"It means a lot to him," Pittsburgh head coach Ed Olczyk said about Koltsov's first goal, "and he was smiling ear-to-ear. His face shield couldn't have covered that smile."
Michael Leighton turned aside 18-of-19 shots for the Blackhawks, who had their unbeaten streak halted at five games (2-0-3).
"Both goalies were sharp, but we missed too many opportunities, especially in the first period by not getting our shots on the net," said Blackhawks head coach Brian Sutter. "One mistake cost us the game on their goal."
Koltsov gave Pittsburgh the lead at the 4:21 mark of the second period. Holding the puck near the left boards, he used a nice move to get around Chicago center Brett McLean. The Russian winger slid the puck in one direction and skated around a confused McLean. Koltsov then regained control of the puck, charged at the net and beat Leighton between the pads with a backhand.
Fleury stopped six shots in the first period, seven in the second and seven more in the third. His biggest stop came with just under three minutes left in the third period. Steve Sullivan attempted a backhand from just outside the crease and Fleury laid out to make a nice pad save and keep Pittsburgh in front.
Leighton also had his share of stellar saves in the game. His best came early in the third period when he stoned Ryan Malone on a breakaway attempt.
Olczyk, in his first season as Penguins head coach, was drafted by Chicago in 1984 and played five years with the Blackhawks...The Penguins are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings with Chicago...Each team went 0-for-4 on the power play.
10/31 00:57:34 ET