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Fleury injured as Pens win 13th straight

Sidney Crosby scored the only goal as the Penguins ran their winning streak to 13 games with a 1-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. Marc-Andre Fleury left between the second and third periods after taking an accidental elbow to the head.

Fleury did not return for the start of the 3rd period after Tyler Kennedy crashed into him during a goalmouth scramble. The athletic trainer came out to attend to Fleury with 49 seconds left to go in the 2nd.

Fleury seemed to be okay as he remained in the game and completed the period, but Tomas Vokun came in as relief in the third and both goalies combined for a 37-save shutout.

After the game coach Dan Bylsma said Fleury would be day-to-day. He will continue to be evaluated for an apparent elbow to the head.

The first period was a nice prelude for the how the game would be played. Kennedy and Montreal’s Gabriel Dumont dropped the gloves just 2:26 into the game. New addition Brendon Morrow started the game for the Penguins but failed to get a shot in 12:55 of ice time.

“It felt like a playoff game,” Morrow said. “Every shift mattered and you were up on your feet every time there was a scoring chance.”

The first period ended in a scoreless tie after suffocating defense by the Habs.

Fleury looked good early in the second period after he robbed Max Pacrioretty on a 2 on 1 opportunity. The Canadiens appeared to take the lead just 3:29 into the second, but Michael Ryder ripped a shot of the crossbar. Play continued the refs went upstairs to review it, and the replay confirmed no goal.

The Penguins would take the lead for real with 6:41 left in the second after a absolute snipe by Crosby. Chris Kunitz had a perfect breakout pass cross-ice to spring Crosby off to the races. He ripped a shot blocker-side from the far circle. Kunitz and Brooks Orpik were credited with the assists.

Vokun came out to start the third period and brought his A-game. He stoned Tomas Plekanec from close range, and finished the period with 12 saves. The Pens had multiple chances to score on the power play in the final frame, but Carey Price stood on his head.

Even though the Penguins got out-shot 37-25 they still found a way to grind out their 13th straight victory.

The Penguins will look to make is 14 in a row and stay perfect in March on Thursday when the Jets come into town. The game will start at 7pm.

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