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Fleury excellent again as Pens top Bruins 2-1

Marc-Andre Fleury was brilliant once again, robbing Boston’s Brad Marchand with less than 30 seconds remaining, and the Penguins beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in Beantown 2-1. Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cooke scored for Pittsburgh.

The victory was the Penguins ninth win in their last 10 games. The Penguins rebounded from a 1-0 loss at Toronto on Wednesday that ended a season-high eight-game winning streak.

Joe Corvo scored Boston’s goal, and Tim Thomas stopped 26 shots.

Fleury, riding a personal nine-game winning streak, was back in net after getting the night off in Wednesday’s loss. Before that, he played in 23 straight.

The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on Malkin’s power play goal with 9 seconds left in the opening period. James Neal fired a shot from the point, and Chris Kunitz, positioned in front, jammed at the rebound before it slid over to Malkin, who fired it past Thomas.

The Malkin-Neal-Kunitz line has been carrying the Penguins for nearly two months, scoring 35 of the team’s 67 goals.

Cooke scored at 1:53 into the third when Thomas attempted to clear the rebound but mishandled the puck in the crease. Cooke was booed briefly—like he nearly always is by the TD Garden crowd.

Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard in March 2010 sidelined the center with a concussion. Savard missed most of last season and has been out all this year with post-concussion symptoms.

Boston cut it to 2-1 on Corvo’s goal 6:45 into the third, his first goal since Dec. 10 and just his third of the season. He fired a shot from the point that Fleury didn’t appear to see, snapping the Bruins’ scoreless stretch at 119 minutes, 36 seconds.

After Corvo’s goal, the Bruins controlled play but Fleury made several clutch saves to preserve the  Pittsburgh lead. Tyler Seguin did split the defensemen and get a short wrist shot on Fleury with 2 minutes left, but the goaltender came up with an excellent pad save.

The Bruins had a four-minute power play after Pascal Dupuis’ high-stick cut Brad Marchand in the second period. Boston was limited to five shots on goal, with its best chance coming when Seguin sent a cross-ice pass to Corvo. But Fleury slid across to make the save.

With just under 30 seconds remaining, the Penguins’ Brooks Orpik turned the puck over right in front of the Pittsburgh net. Marchand slid the puck to the front of his stick and got off a shot, but Fleury made a pad save and the Penguins cleared the zone.

Marchand also had a decent bid earlier in the period on a backhander from in close.

Neither team had much offense in the opening period, with the Bruins owning a 10-6 shot advantage—though many were low quality scoring chances.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, out since early December, was with the team and skated in the morning. Recently acquired winger Cal O’Reilly, claimed off waivers from Phoenix on Wednesday, made his Penguins debut.

The Penguins visit New Jersey Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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