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Fleury earns seventh shutout of season as Penguins blank Oilers 2-0

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EDMONTON - Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves to record his seventh shutout of the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins started off a Western Canadian trip with a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Evgeni Malkin and David Perron scored for the Penguins (29-14-8), who improved to 12-6-5 on the road this season.

The Oilers (14-29-9) have lost two of their last three.

There were few chances in the first period as Oilers starter Viktor Fasth and Pittsburgh's Fleury kept the game a scoreless draw.

That changed 24 seconds into the second, as Malkin picked up a loose puck during a scramble in front of the Oilers net and slipped in his 20th goal of the season.

Edmonton had its best chance to that point with five minutes left in the second when a Jeff Petry point blast clanged off the post.

Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead with just 0.4 seconds remaining in the middle frame as the rebound off a Kris Letang shot hit former Oiler Perron on his way towards the net and caromed in. It was Perron's seventh goal in 13 games since his trade to the Penguins. Letang's assist was his eighth on Pittsburgh's last nine goals.

Edmonton outshot the Penguins 10-2 in the third period, but was unable to get on the scoreboard.

The Penguins play the second game of a three-game trip in Calgary on Friday. The Oilers embark on a six-game trip, beginning in Toronto on Saturday.

Notes: It was the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. Edmonton and Pittsburgh spilt their series last year??? Malkin returned to the Penguins lineup after missing the past five games with a lower-body injury??? Top forwards Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot missed the game for Edmonton with leg injuries.

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