The Penguins suffered a tough defeat to Boston Wednesday night, losing a 4-2 lead after allowing five third-period goals. The Bruins took that contest 7-4.
The Penguins responded as they usually to adverse situations by coming up with a big rebound performance. The Lightning were the victims of Pittsburgh’s onslaught as the team ripped off three-third period goals to chalk up a 5-1 victory.
Marc-Andre Fleury responded to his rough season start with a brilliant performance in goal, and the Penguins came through with clutch scoring to rack up two points in the standings.
The game was scoreless toward the middle of the second period. That all changed in a 27-second span that turned a 0-0 contest into a 2-0 Penguins’ advantage. Pittsburgh had been on the verge of breaking through Bolts goalie Mike Smith. Finally, Pascal Dupuis and Alex Goligoski broke open the scoring.
With the help of some clutch penalty killing and a late third-period scoring outburst, the Penguins were rewarded for their effort with a quality victory over a quality opponent.
Marc-Andre Fleury has had a tough start to the season, admittedly not playing to his standard over the last few years. But he came through with a classic ‘Flower’ game with 15 saves to lift his team to victory.
Fleury made several big saves in the contest, including two on sniper Martin St. Louis. Fleury had to reach back with his stick to stop St. Louis at the side of the cage in the first period. In the second, St. Louis had a breakaway. Fleury flopped to the ice, but managed to lift his pad to stop the puck.
The fans also get some credit tonight. They were supportive of Fleury even before the game began. The crowd cheered loudly when Fleury was announced as the starting goaltender. And before the opening faceoff, Pens fans started a “Fleury! Fleury!” chant to show their support of the netminder.
And with the fans behind him and his teammates on his back, Fleury delivered the ‘W’.
The Penguins penalty killing unit has been one of the best in the NHL through the first quarter of the season. And that group was epic clutch in deciding the Penguins’ 5-1 win against Tampa Bay.
Pittsburgh surrendered a power-play goal while down by two men in the opening minutes of the third period. The goal allowed Tampa Bay to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 2-1. However, another penalty called against Pittsburgh gave the Lightning 1:05 worth of a two-man advantage to work with. The Penguins gave a spirited effort to not only kill off the five-on-three, but the remaining 55 seconds of shorthanded time to keep it a 2-1 game.
The crowd roared with thunderous approval and the building shook as the Penguins grabbed all the momentum. A Lightning goal could have generated a different outcome. But the Penguins PK came through with the huge kill.
(AP) - PITTSBURGH (AP) -Embattled Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves in his best performance of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins won for only the third time in nine games, 5-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
The franchise goalie who backstopped Pittsburgh to the 2009 Stanley Cup title, Fleury earned his 150th career win, but only the second in nine starts this season. He had started and finished only one of the previous five games, temporarily losing his starting job to backup Brent Johnson.
• The win was Marc-Andre Fleury’s 150th career victory. Fleury became the seventh-youngest goaltender to reach 150 wins at 25 years, 349 days.
• Maxime Talbot ended up scoring the back-breaking goal for Pittsburgh. His tally at the 12:12 mark of the third period gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead. And the play looked very familiar to Penguins fans. Talbot carried the puck down the far side and lifted a snap shot over the shoulder of goalie Mike Smith and into the top far corner of the net. The goal was very reminiscent of his Game 7 Stanley Cup-winning score at Detroit. As Talbot noted, “Some of my teammates said, ‘We’ve seen that goal before.’”
• Deryk Engelland scored his first career NHL goal when his shot sailed over the shoulder of goalie Mike Smith with 1:10 remaining in the third period.
• The Penguins had a scare in the early minutes of the third period after defenseman Kris Letang suffered a knee-to-knee collision with former Penguin Ryan Malone. Letang hobbled on the ice and couldn’t put weight on his leg as he skated to the bench. Fortunately for the Penguins, he returned minutes later and finished the game.
• The Lightning had to play the game without their captain. Vinny Lecavalier suffered a broken right hand the night before in a 6-3 loss in Washington.