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Pens slip by Panthers in SO for 8th straight win

Mar 10, 2012 - 8:50 AM
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - James Neal notched the winner in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged Florida, 2-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Neal began the shootout with a tally against Jose Theodore and Evgeni Malkin backed it up with a goal on his chance. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Wojtek Wolski and Mikael Samuelsson's shot sailed wide of the net to end the game.

Steve Sullivan tallied in regulation for the Penguins, who have won eight in a row. Fleury finished with 28 saves.

Tomas Fleischmann lit the lamp for the Panthers, who have dropped four of five. Theodore ended with 33 stops.

"We can walk out of here knowing we played a good team, we played extremely hard and we gave ourselves a really good chance to win," said Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.

Fleischmann put the visitors on the board at 7:17 of the second period, by taking a lucky bounce off the end boards and stuffing it home at the right post. Wolski unleashed the original shot, an errant chance from the right point.

Sullivan tied the game, taking a lead pass from Jordan Staal, flying up the left wing and scoring on the backhand less than three minutes into the third.

"We do a good job of not panicking on the bench, staying level-headed and focusing on the task at hand," Neal said about his team's ability to come back in games.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh took three of four in the season series...Sullivan has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 games (4G, 9A)...Florida has yet to record a victory in three March road games, being outscored 14-1.