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Fleury Shines As Pens Fall

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't interested in breaking records, especially if breaking it was at the expense of a Penguins win.


Fleury stopped a career-high 47 shots in the Penguins 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. But the Penguins netminder would trade that record in for a victory.

"It doesn't matter what I do, the main thing is to win the game," Fleury said. "We got a point tonight but two would have been better."

Fleury faced constant pressure all night. He fought off rebounds and loose pucks while making numerous sprawling saves. The Devils outshot the Penguins 49-15, more than a 3-to-1 margin. New Jersey had a 15-4 advantage in the second period and 20-2 in the third period.

"Without Marc we wouldn't even have been close in that game," Sidney Crosby said.

"That's my job, to make the saves," Fleury said. "I try to keep the score close, tight and give our team a chance to win."

Fleury stopped the first 42 shots thrown his way before Patrick Elias' wayward pass deflected off Penguins defenseman Hal Gill's skate and into the net behind Fleury with 2:29 left in the game.

"It's tough to swallow," Fleury said. "To give up that goal to tie the game, that was a tough one."

Zach Parise scored the game-winner on a semi-breakaway down the left wing with 37.6 seconds left in the overtime period.

The Penguins may have lost but Fleury's performance enabled the team to salvage a point from the game.

"Marc-Andre Fleury gave us a point tonight," head coach Michel Therrien said. "He's the only reason that we got a point."

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