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Pens winning streak reaches eight

Marc-Andre Fleury dominated between the pipes, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout, and Steve Sullivan notched the lone goal in regulation as the Penguins winning streak reached eight with a 2-1 win over Florida.

The Penguins came from behind in the third period to tie the game and put the Panthers away in the shootout. The eight game winning streak is the team’s longest this season.

After a scoreless first period, the Panthers broke through with just under 13 minutes remaining in the second. Wojtek Wolski ripped a shot wide right of Fleury off the end boards. The puck took a lucky bounce around the opposite side of the net, and a wide-open Tomas Fleischmann skated into the slot and slammed the puck past the sprawling goaltender.

Steve Sullivan tied the game at 1-1 early in the third period. Sullivan received a pass from Jordan Staal just over the Panthers’ blue line, skated into the slot area and fired a backhand shot at Jose Theodore’s short side. The puck managed to squeeze its way through Theodore’s leg pads and cross the goal line.

The Pens had a goal called off with 11:07 remaining in the third. Pascal Dupuis hit the side of the net with a hard backhand and followed it up with another forehand shot. The shot, initially ruled a goal on the ice, did not completely cross the goal line behind Theodore and was waved off.

The rest of the third period and overtime played out with no goals. The Penguins had magnificent chances off the sticks of Staal and Evgeni Malkin late into overtime, but none of them found a way into the back of the net.

The Penguins completely dominated in the shootout. Fleury did not let a shot get past him as Malkin and James Neal took care of business on the offensive end. Both Neal and Malkin put shots over Theodore’s glove side to seal the 2-1 shootout victory for the Pens.

The Penguins play again on Sunday with the hopes of seeing a healthy Sidney Crosby back on the ice in the near future. The home game against the Boston Bruins is set to start at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

Three Stars:
1) Marc-Andre Fleury
2) Jose Theodore
3) Steve Sullivan

Scoresheet:
Goals:

PIT: Steve Sullivan (14)
FLA: Tomas Fleischmann (21)
Assists:
PIT: Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis
FLA: Wojtek Wolski

In the Net:
PIT: Marc-Andre Fleury (W) 28-29
FLA: Jose Theodore (L) 33-34

Special Teams:
PIT: 0-2
FLA: 0-1

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