Penguins notebook: Fleury has few peers in winning shootouts
January 8, 2014 11:51 PM
Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press
Sidney Crosby scores the tying goal with seconds left against Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack.
By Shelly Anderson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The way Marc-Andre Fleury sees it, he owed his teammates.
The Penguins' No. 1 goaltender surrendered Vancouver goals 17 seconds apart Tuesday in the third period, but the Penguins retaliated by scoring twice in the final 1:11 of regulation to tie the score, 4-4.
"It's tough when there's less than two minutes left, and it's 4-2," Fleury said. "We came back. That was huge.
"When the team does that, you want to help out, do something for them."
Here's what the Penguins can do for Fleury in a tight game such as that:
Get it to the shootout.
Fleury stopped all three Canucks shooters, and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout for a 5-4 Penguins win.
Fleury has stopped all 11 shooters he has faced in three shootouts this season. Dating to last season, he has won the past eight shootouts in which he has played. For his career, he is tied with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for third place among active goaltenders with 42 shootout wins.
Fleury, who is 25-10-1 and leads in the NHL in wins, is 12-3 in his past 15 decisions.
Bylsma surpasses Johnston
Dan Bylsma didn't have to be a math major to know that he was likely to break Eddie Johnston's record for most wins all-time by a Penguins coach at some point this season.
"I knew the number at the start of the season," Bylsma said. "I didn't think we'd be getting it this quickly this year, the number of wins we've put up."
A win Tuesday at Vancouver put them at 32-12-1, first in the Eastern Conference, and was Bylsma's 233rd win behind the bench, pulling him out of a tie with Johnston.
"To pass Eddie Johnston, he's a pretty big figure in our dressing room, big figure in our organization," Bylsma said. "It's a milestone."
Bylsma is 233-105-26.
It was no surprise when Crosby was named to the Canadian Olympic team earlier this week.
It will be a surprise if anyone other than Crosby is named captain of Team Canada for the Sochi Games next month.
Canadian coach Mike Babcock has not said when he will announce the name of the team captain.
Crosby is the long-time captain of the Penguins. He's widely considered the top player in the world. In 2010, he scored in overtime to give Canada a win against the United States in the gold-medal game at the Vancouver Games.
In addition, several veteran players from 2010 are not on the 2014 roster. The list includes Scott Niedermayer, who served as captain, and alternate captains Jarome Iginla and Chris Pronger.
Crosby, an alternate captain in 2010, said he has heard nothing about the Team Canada captaincy for Sochi, but he would be happy to hear from Babcock.
"Yeah, it would be a great honor," Crosby said. "Looking back to 2010, seeing guys like Pronger and Niedermayer and Iginla and the way they led our team, it would be a great honor."
The Penguins traveled to Edmonton after the game Tuesday in Vancouver and had Wednesday off. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the game against the Canucks marked the Penguins' latest comeback in a game that they won since Jan. 22, 1996, when they scored two goals in the final 53 seconds in a 7-6 win against Boston.
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