Pittsburgh Penguins RECAP: Fleury Got the Best of Us

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: Matt Murray
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: Matt Murray /
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It was an emotional game for the Pittsburgh Penguins last night as the boys in black and yellow paid a visit to former goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in Vegas.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were coming off a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche and they knew they had to shape up. This was the first matchup between the Penguins and Fleury and we all knew it would be an emotional one.

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The stage was set. Matt Murray versus former mentor Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes. The Golden Knights have been winning, the Penguins have been sliding. Only one team could come out the winners

Unfortunately, the Penguins couldn’t pull the win off in a close game. Both Fleury and Murray played hard, but Vegas got the extra goal to win 2-1.

First Period

The first period started off quickly with both teams pressuring each other offensively. Despite our efforts and a string of good saves by Murray, James Neal of the Golden Knights was able to score one for the opponents less than two minutes in.

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Luckily for us, a perfectly executed tape-to-tape pass allowed Ian Cole to sink one into the back of the net. It’s a 1-1 game heading into the second.

Second Period

The second period was just as fast-paced as the first, however both goaltenders truly seemed to stand on their heads.

The Penguins had a great number of opportunities against Fleury, but he stood strong and stopped each one. The game was still tied at 1 heading into the third period.

Third Period

Both teams headed into the third knowing they had to step up their game.

Unfortunately for us, midway through the third period the Golden Knights were able to find the back of the net once more. 2-1 Knights.

The Penguins kept pressuring, but they just couldn’t crack Fleury.

And with that, we dropped our fourth game in five games. The Penguins really need to work on bouncing back