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Insider Only Post-Game Buzz: Fleury sensational as Penguins top Kings in OT

marc-ande-fleury PENGUINS 1 – KINGS 0 (OT)

GOAL SCORERS
OT PERIOD: PIT 01:44 – Patric Hornqvist (22)

GOALTENDING MATCHUP
PIT Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves on 31 shots, collecting his 9th shutout of the season. Fleury was sensational in the win and stole two points for the Penguins. Fleury is now 30-14-6 with a 2.16 GAA, .924 save percentage and 9 shutouts.
LAK Jonathan Quick, 17 Saves on 18 shots. Faced only 11 shots at 5 v 5

SPECIAL TEAMS
PIT 0/4 on Power Play | LAK 0/2 on power play |
The Penguins managed just 4 shots on four power play opportunities

5 v 5 Play
The Kings played the type of game that makes them such a daunting team to match up with in the playoffs over a seven game series. Los Angeles played a strong, heavy game down low and outshot the Penguins 25-11 at 5 v 5. While the Penguins were outshot 31-17 overall in the game and 22-11 after two periods, the first two periods they played with the Kings despite the shot discrepancy and the shot attempts at 5 v 5 ended up being 34-29 in the Kings favor.
A difference in offensive philosophy was on display as the Kings put pucks to the net constantly and the Penguins looked for the pretty play.
In the third period the Penguins were hanging on for dear life and Marc Andre Fleury stood up to the challenge to get the Penguins a point and than 4-on-4 play in overtime would seem to favor the Penguins and it did.

CROSBY SETS A CAREER WORST MARK TONIGHT

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby set a career worst 26th pointless game of the season after being held off the score sheet. Crosby, though, was one of the best players on the ice and in a match up against Drew Doughty, a close friend of Crosby’s, Crosby seemed to have an extra burst tonight.
Crosby had two of the Penguins best chances tonight, one early in the game where he turned Doughty inside/out.
Just two shots on goal but the shot attempts were at six which is good to see.

POST-GAME PLAYER STATS

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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