Florida's Jose Theodore stops a shot by Penguins James Neal in the second period at Consol Energy Center Friday.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins came from behind to extend their winning streak to a season-best eight games in a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers tonight at Consol Energy Center.
James Neal and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout for the Penguins, while Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped both Panthers shooters he faced.
Florida took a 1-0 lead at 7:17 of the second period when the puck took an unusual hop off the end boards behind Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Tomas Fleischmann pounced on it and chucked it under the crossbar.
The Penguins tied it, 1-1, at 2:56 of the third period. Steve Sullivan took a cross-rink pass near the blue line from Jordan Staal, moved down the right side of the Panthers end, and his backhand shot trickled in off of goaltender Jose Theodore.
The assist extended Staal's point streak to seven games.
Pascal Dupuis thought he gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 8:53 of the third period when he got his own rebound, shot it point-blank, and the puck banked off the back of Theodore, but on review it was ruled the puck did not cross the goal line.
The Penguins' four-game homestand concludes Sunday with an afternoon game against Boston.
Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published March 10, 2012 2:45 AM