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Crosby, Fleury star as Penguins nip Sharks

Feb 12, 2009 - 5:14 AM
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins still were unable to generate much offense. But they turned to two of their linchpins to emerge victorious on Wednesday.

Captain Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal of the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves as the Penguins posted a 2-1 triumph over the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks.

Pittsburgh native Bill Thomas tallied in regulation for the Penguins, who completed a 3-1-0 homestand.

"We had a tough time on the road, so we wanted to do good at home," Fleury said. "To be able to get those points tonight against a very good team was big for us. ... We forechecked well, but we also made good decisions with the puck. And we got a lot of shots tonight, which was good."

"We just have to build on this game and make sure that we carry it on for the next two games on the road," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien added.

Joe Pavelski scored and Brian Boucher turned aside 35 shots for San Jose, which is 1-0-2 on its five-game road trip.

"Coming back and getting a point makes everyone feel a bit better," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It was a tough night for us - an emotional win from last night (in Boston), the travel. I'm not sure we had our gas tanks where we needed them to be. We found a way to at least get a point, which we will take with us to Buffalo (on Friday) and regroup."

After being shut out at home by the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, the Penguins still could not get their offense in gear in this one, managing just one goal - which came on a fortunate carom.

Following a scoreless first period, Thomas chased down a loose puck below the end line on the right side of the net and threw it toward the crease. The puck bounced off the stick of defenseman Rob Blake and past Boucher with 94 seconds remaining in the second session, giving Pittsburgh a 1-0 edge.

"I obviously got a lucky bounce, but I think we did our job," Thomas said. "It was just a great play by everyone else. (Jordan) Staal, 100 assists now, that's pretty impressive. And Miro (Satan) made a great play. They both made a great play defensively to get the puck out so we could get up the ice."

"Kind of a fluky play," Boucher said. "That's what you do, though. You've got to throw the puck to the net. You never know what's going to happen. In that case, (Blake) is trying to do the right thing and it just happens to ricochet off of him and in through my legs."

Staal's assist on the play was the 100th of his career. The goal was Thomas' first since April 8, 2007.

"It's been a while," he said. "It's been a long while. I can remember the last one, though. Last year, I didn't have any, and this year, it was looking like that, too. You just keep working hard and try to get the puck to the net, and I got a lucky bounce tonight."

The first overall pick in the 2003 draft, Fleury maintained the slim lead until midway through the third, when a bouncing puck found Pavelski on the doorstep for an easy goal at 11:07 for his 14th goal of the season.

"A great play by Milan (Michalek), who got it over to me, and I had an empty net," Pavelski said.

Neither team was able to end the game in overtime, and both Fleury and Boucher were stingy in the first two rounds of the shootout. But on the Penguins' third attempt, Crosby - who was drafted first overall in 2005 - wristed the puck between the pads of Boucher, giving his club the advantage.

"I just tried to give him a different move," Crosby said. "Just from watching him the first couple times, I thought there was some room in the five-hole."

Prior to the goal, Boucher made saves on Petr Sykora and All-Star Evgeni Malkin - no small feat in his mind.

"Sykora is a good player in his own right. I mean, he's (won) Stanley Cups, he's scored big goals in his career," Boucher said. "You're going to have three of the most talented players on the opposing team coming at you, so you've got to try to stay patient, be big and try to make a few saves. Unfortunately, I couldn't make the one on Crosby."

Sharks All-Star Dan Boyle nearly forced a fourth round, but Fleury stretched out his right leg to deny the defenseman's backhand attempt, clinching the win.

"We just played the best team in the league," Therrien said. "That was a crucial game for us. ... Even though the result last game wasn't there, after breaking down the game against Detroit, I thought we deserved better. Tonight, we kept our focus and it was a good team effort."

On San Jose's previous shootout chance, Fleury stopped Pavelski, who provided a humorous moment afterward.

"I think he missed his shot," Fleury said. "I'm not sure, but he sweared when he skated by, so I'll take it."

"There's only three shooters that get to go out. You want to score," Pavelski said. "It's not fun being on the losing end."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 1 0 (0) 1
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 0 (1) 2 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL THOMAS 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN, JORDAN STAAL) 18:26
    3RD PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 14 (MILAN MICHALEK, RYANE CLOWE) 11:07
    OT: NONE
    SO: PIT - PETR SYKORA (S

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 1 0 1
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 0 1 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL THOMAS 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN, JORDAN STAAL) 18:26
    3RD PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 14 (MILAN MICHALEK, RYANE CLOWE) 11:07
    OT: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 1 1
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 1 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL THOMAS 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN, JORDAN STAAL) 18:26
    3RD PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 14 (MILAN MICHALEK, RYANE CLOWE) 11:07
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    3RD PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 14 (MILAN MICHALEK, RYANE CLOWE) 11:07

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL THOMAS 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN) 18:26
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    GOALIES: SAN - BRIAN BOUCHER
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    SAN JOSE 0
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    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL THOMAS 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN) 18:26

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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