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Durable Fleury proving an iron man for Pens

Sunday, 01.22.2012 / 12:01 PM / NHL Insider

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH — He plays in the Steel City, but goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is becoming the Pittsburgh Penguins' iron man.
 
Fleury will start Sunday afternoon when the Penguins meet the Washington Capitals at Consol Energy Center in the continuation of one of the Eastern Conference's best rivalries – even though the teams are in different divisions.

Marc-Andre Fleury
Goalie - PIT
RECORD: 24-12-2
GAA: 2.24 | SVP: 0.914
Fleury (24-12-2) will be playing in his 21st consecutive game as the Penguins try to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games. He has started each game in a streak that followed a six-game losing streak, and has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his last 13 starts.

Backup Brent Johnson, who has only two wins, was pulled during his last starts, Dec. 16 and Jan. 10, with both games against Ottawa. Fleury last sat out a full game Dec. 3, when Johnson earned a 3-2 victory over Carolina.
 
With one game remaining before the All-Star break following Sunday's game -- Tuesday in St. Louis -- coach Dan Bylsma decided to stay with Fleury. The Penguins have a week off between games during the break, and center Evgeni Malkin is currently their only All-Star Game representative.
 
"A full six-day rest coming up certainly plays into that equation, as has the schedule this month," Bylsma said.
 
After the regular season resumes, the Penguins play three sets of back-of-back games in a span of 2 1/2 weeks, and Johnson is likely to make several of those starts.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory