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Fleury earns league-leading eighth shutout of season as Pens blank Flames 4-0

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CALGARY - Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury collected his NHL-leading 8th shutout of the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-0 Friday night over the Calgary Flames.

Mired in a mini-slump with two assists in his last six games, Crosby was the best player on the ice as the Penguins outplayed the red-hot Flames, who entered the night having won eight of their last 10.

Crosby moves into fourth in NHL scoring with 56 points. He trails Jakub Voracek (58), Patrick Kane (58) and Tyler Seguin (57).

David Perron and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh (30-14-8), which moves past the New York Islanders and into top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The loss for Calgary (29-21-3) ends a successful homestand on a sour note. The Flames went 4-2-0 at the Saddledome and now head to California for key games next week against San Jose and Los Angeles.

Fleury had 21 saves to tie Tom Barrasso's club record for shutouts in a season.

After recording a shutout in Edmonton on Wednesday also, Fleury has a shutout streak going of 131 minutes and 40 seconds.

Leading 2-0 after one period, the Penguins kept pouring on the pressure in the second period, making it 3-0 at 11:58.

Crosby outraced Paul Byron to the Flames net and with one hand on his stick, neatly deflected a perfect centring pass from Chris Kunitz over the blocker of Jonas Hiller.

At 5:19 of the third period, Crosby blew past Byron again and promptly zipped a shot under the crossbar.

Hiller exited the game at that point, having stopped 20 of 24. Karri Ramo was perfect on six shots in relief.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring 5:46 into the game after capitalizing on a giveaway from Flames captain Mark Giordano.

Trying to hit TJ Brodie with a breakout pass, it was intercepted inside the Calgary blue-line with Crosby quickly sending a pass across to Perron, who snapped his 13th of the season inside the goal post.

Perron has eight goals in 14 games since being acquired on Jan. 2 in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Penguins made it 2-0 at 18:10 of the first when Sutter beat Sean Monahan on a faceoff then deflected in a point shot seconds later.

Notes: Pittsburgh has beaten Calgary nine straight times, the Penguins longest win streak against any opposition team... The Flames activated Curtis Glencross (lower body) off injured reserve although as a precaution, he sat out his sixth game. He's expected to play Monday in San Jose... Calgary's last home ice win against Pittsburgh was Dec. 7, 2003... The Penguins are 6-0-2 in their last eight games in Western Canada.

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