Marc-Andre Fleury earns NHL-best 8th shutout as Pens blank Flames
Sidney Crosby notches 2 goals, 1 assist for Pittsburgh
Sidney Crosby had no problem putting an end to his recent scoring drought.
Crosby had two goals and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury collected his NHL-leading eighth shutout of the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-0 over the Calgary Flames on Friday.
Mired in a mini-slump with two assists in his last six games, Crosby was the best player on the ice as the Penguins outplayed the red-hot Flames, who entered the night having won eight of their last 10.
"I felt good. As a whole I think our whole team played well tonight," said Crosby, who now has 17 goals. "They always play well here. There's not a lot of room. That being said, you come willing to work and try to take advantage of your chances. It's nice to put some in. They haven't been going in as easy as you would like sometimes."
Crosby moves into fourth in NHL scoring with 56 points. He trails Jakub Voracek (58), Patrick Kane (58) and Tyler Seguin (57).
David Perron and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh (30-14-8), which moves past the New York Islanders and into top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Chris Kunitz chipped in with three assists.
"Chris had one of the best games I've seen him play in a long time," said Penguins coach Mike Johnston. "He had a lot of energy tonight, he was skating with the puck and he was skating and making plays."
Calgary (29-21-3) finishes 4-2-0 on a six-game homestand. The Flames now head to California to play two key games next week against San Jose and Los Angeles.
"A good homestand," said Giordano. "We did a lot of good things, put ourselves in a good position. We'll go on the road here and hopefully we'll pick up some much-needed points."
Fleury breaks Barrasso's team record
Fleury had 21 saves to break Tom Barrasso's club record for shutouts in a season.
"It's good. He was a guy that I looked up to growing up so it's fun to be able to get those," said Fleury. "There are personal goals you want to achieve. I'm glad I got it, but at the same time, I want to do well as a team, I want to win and that's what is most important."
After recording a shutout in Edmonton on Wednesday, Fleury has a shutout streak going of 131 minutes and 40 seconds.
"That's really incredible for this time in the season to have eight shutouts," said Johnston. "We were debating a little bit about what to do with these two games and we decided he had a good game in Edmonton, let's give him the second one."
Crosby made it 3-0 at 11:58 of the second, outracing Paul Byron to the Flames net and with one hand on his stick, deflecting in Kunitz's centring pass.
At 5:19 of the third period, Crosby blew past Byron again and ripped a shot under the crossbar.
"He plays a great game, a complete game," said Flames defenceman Mark Giordano. "He made us pay tonight. He got a lot of chances, those two goals he scored were superstar-calibre goals."
Hiller exited the game at that point, having stopped 20 of 24. Karri Ramo was perfect on six shots in relief.
Perron opened the scoring at 5:46 on his eighth goal in 14 games since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. Sutter made it 2-0 with less than two minutes to play in the first.