The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted Carolina tonight in hopes of extending their good play and their winning streak. That was in fact just what they did, though it took a little longer then they probably wanted. The Pens won tonight 2-1 in a shoot out victory.
Jamie McBain scored for the Hurricane at the 2:23 mark of the first period, and then Malkin scored for the Pens at the 18:38 mark of the first period. That would be it for both teams. At least until the shoot out, when Malkin started the scoring off for the Pens by slipping one by Ward on the first shot. Jokinen scored top shelf on the back hand to tie things up. Neither Kunitz or Skinner could solve the goalies in the second round. Then James Neal put one past Ward and Fleury stopped Eric Staal for the victory.
Fleury and Ward were the stars tonight. Ward stopped 40 of 41 shots in the game and Fleury stopped 25 of 26 shots. The Penguins once again out shot their opponents which has become a common occurrence. The Pens are getting their shots, and their chances and the stars of this team are really coming out to play.
Malkin and Neal have solidified themselves on this team while Crosby is out as star 1 and 1a. Malkin is tied for League lead in scoring and James Neal is tied for 2nd in the league with 24 goals. Stamkos is still leading overall with 31 goals. Fleury also finds himself among league leaders in wins with 22.
The Penguins got some good news today from Kris Letang. Kris has been cleared to start practicing and is hoping he can get back before the All Star Break. They have about a week and a half, or 4 more games before that point. Also, Asham was a scratch tonight, he was deemed ill, but he was not the only one. Coach Dan Bylsma was also ill, though he was cleared to participate.
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