Hot Penguins get past Panthers in shootout

PITTSBURGH — Steve Sullivan scored the tying goal in the third period, and James Neal and Evgeni Malkin connected in the first two rounds of a shootout to lift the Penguins to their eighth straight victory, 2-1 over the Panthers on Friday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots and was perfect in the shootout for his 36th victory of the season, putting him one behind the Predators' Pekka Rinne for the league lead.

The Penguins extended the league's longest active winning streak by overcoming a third-period deficit for the eighth time this season, tied with the Lightning for most in the league.

The Panthers, who lost 5-0 to the Flyers the night before, earned a point to extend their Southeast Division lead to three points over the idle Capitals and the Jets, losers to Calgary, and six to the idle Lightning.

"We need quality goaltending; we need our (defense) making high-end plays," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "It's disappointing not coming out with two points on this road trip."

Pittsburgh is 20-4-1 in its past 25 games and has pulled within four points of the Atlantic Division- and Eastern Conference-leading Rangers.

"I don't think we're anywhere near our best, but we found a way to stick around and … win in a shootout," said Sullivan, who has 11 points in his past eight games.

game highlights: The Rangers lost their third straight in regulation for the first time this season, 4-3 to the host Blackhawks. … Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists in the host Flames' 5-3 win over the Jets. The former Lightning wing has 13 points in his past eight games.

around the league: Blackhawks All-Star center Jonathan Toews said he felt "pretty good" after two days of skating following about 21/2 weeks of inactivity because of concussion symptoms. Toews, who hasn't played since Feb. 19 game against the Blues, said he didn't know when the injury occurred and initially played through the symptoms until they became too intense to ignore. He has missed nine games; there is no timetable for his return. … Montreal forward Erik Cole was fined $2,500 for slew-footing Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry on Thursday. Cole was given a minor tripping penalty.

at Penguins 0 0 1 0 2
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Penguins win shootout 2-0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesDupuis, Pit (tripping), 16:01.

Second Period1, Fla., Fleischmann 21 (Wolski), 7:17. PenaltiesM.Samuelsson, Fla (slashing), 9:47; Cooke, Pit (slashing), 9:47.

Third Period2, Pitts., St.Sullivan 14 (Staal, Dupuis), 2:56. PenaltiesBarch, Fla, double minor (high-sticking), 4:15.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone. ShootoutFla. 0 (Wolski NG, M.Samuelsson NG), Pitts. 2 (Neal G, Malkin G). Shots Fla. 12-11-4-2—29. Pitts. 6-15-10-3—34. Power-play opportunitiesFla. 0 of 1; Pitts. 0 of 2. GoaliesFla., Theodore 18-13-7 (34 shots-33 saves). Pitts., Fleury 36-14-3 (29-28).

at Red Wings 1 1 2 4
Kings 2 0 1 3

First Period1, L.A., Carter 18 (Kopitar), 7:29 (pp). 2, Detroit, Zetterberg 17 (V.Filppula, Hudler), 14:40. 3, L.A., Williams 16 (Brown), 17:41. PenaltiesStoll, LA (boarding), 1:20; Helm, Det (tripping), 5:44; Richards, LA (tripping), 8:08.

Second Period4, Detroit, Zetterberg 18 (V.Filppula, Kronwall), 15:37. PenaltiesZetterberg, Det (holding), 18:46.

Third Period5, L.A., King 3 (Carter, Mitchell), 14:06. 6, Detroit, V.Filppula 22 (Smith, Zetterberg), 15:58. 7, Detroit, Helm 9 (Franzen, Nyquist), 18:47. PenaltiesFraser, LA (hooking), 2:21; Smith, Det (tripping), 8:19; Stuart, Det (tripping), 19:36. Shots L.A. 9-7-8—24. Detroit 3-5-7—15. Power-play opportunitiesL.A. 1 of 4; Detroit 0 of 3. GoaliesL.A., Quick 27-19-11 (15 shots-11 saves). Detroit, MacDonald 8-3-1 (24-21).

at Blackhawks 0 1 3 4
Rangers 1 0 2 3

First Period1, NYR, Anisimov 14 (Mitchell), 19:13. PenaltiesHjalmarsson, Chi (closing hand on puck), 16:52.

Second Period2, Chicago, Shaw 7 (Oduya, Bickell), 14:28. PenaltiesRupp, NYR, major (fighting), 2:57; Bollig, Chi, major (fighting), 2:57; Stalberg, Chi (tripping), 9:30; Stralman, NYR (holding), 17:02.

Third Period3, NYR, Prust 5 (McDonagh, Boyle), 7:11. 4, Chicago, Sharp 26 (Hossa, Kane), 13:02. 5, Chicago, Oduya 3 (Kruger), 14:04. 6, Chicago, Kane 17 (Sharp, Hossa), 19:07 (en). 7, NYR, B.Richards 19 (Hagelin, Gaborik), 19:19. PenaltiesNone. Shots NYR 8-8-9—25. Chicago 7-9-6—22. Power-play opportunitiesNYR 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 1. GoaliesNYR, Lundqvist 31-14-5 (21 shots-18 saves). Chicago, Emery 15-9-2 (25-22).

at Flames 3 1 1 5
Jets 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Calgary, Giordano 7 (Jokinen, Tanguay), 3:54 (pp). 2, Calgary, Iginla 28 (Jokinen, Giordano), 6:47 (pp). 3, Calgary, Stajan 4 (Iginla, Tanguay), 12:51. 4, Wpg, Kane 27 (Little, Enstrom), 17:31. 5, Wpg, Wheeler 17 (Clitsome, Stuart), 19:33. PenaltiesFlood, Wpg (delay of game), 3:27; Glass, Wpg (boarding), 6:02.

Second Period6, Calgary, Tanguay 11 (Iginla, Stajan), 12:53. PenaltiesAntropov, Wpg (roughing), 15:20; Glencross, Cal (roughing), 15:20.

Third Period7, Calgary, Glencross 24 (Tanguay, Jokinen), 11:28 (pp). 8, Wpg, Enstrom 5 (Slater, Byfuglien), 13:48. PenaltiesBaertschi, Cal (charging), 5:56; Ladd, Wpg (high-sticking), 10:30; Giordano, Cal (delay of game), 14:14. Shots Wpg 16-12-17—45. Calgary 14-9-4—27. PP opportunitiesWpg 0 of 2; Calgary 3 of 3. GoaliesWpg, Pavelec 25-23-7 (27 shots-22 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 30-19-8 (45-42).

Hot Penguins get past Panthers in shootout 03/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:23am]

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