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Fleury wins in 500th game, Neal nets OT goal

Dec 27, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still winning, despite missing key players like Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Pascal Dupuis.

Pittsburgh went into the third period of tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes with a one-goal deficit. However, they got help from some unlikely sources when Chris Conner and Deryk Engelland each found the back of the net for the Penguins.

Carolina’s Drayson Bowman fired back with just 2:29 minutes remaining in the third period to tie the game, but James Neal handed them a 4-3 overtime victory:

That brought a milestone night for Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a pleasant conclusion. He became the first netminder to play in 500 games with the Penguins tonight and earned his 271 win in the process. At the age of 29, he became just the 63rd netminder to ever reach the 500-contest mark.

Pittsburgh has now won 13 of its last 15 matches to give them a staggering 13-point lead in the Metropolitan Division.

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  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    On the 13th anniversary of Mario’s comeback the Pens win! Pens basically stole this victory after having a rough start early on. Also in my opinion I don’t think Pens vs Canes will ever truly build into a rivalry. Their games have a feeling of an East vs West regular season game. Could it change? Yes it could but only time will tell. Let’s Go Pens!!!!

  2. steelers88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The Canes should have won this game but I think they lack experience in closing out games against good teams. They relatively are still a young team that is still learning to win. I think the Hurricanes will be pretty good in a couple of years. I think the Penguins and Hurricanes could become a rivalry. The only way they become rivals is if the Hurricanes become a more consistent team and challenge the Penguins in the Metropolitan division however. There really isn’t much hatred between these two teams but that could change if the Hurricanes become better. The Pens/Canes games are usually entertaining. The Pens/Canes rivalry reminds me of the Pens/Jackets rivalry both could become rivals if they get better.

  3. cspsrbums - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    13 point lead in the metro Division but they do have at least 2 games in hand on the rest of the conference so that could really only be a 9 point lead and they still all play each other

    • tk1966 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      yea… COULD be ONLY a 9 point lead…

  4. steelers88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Not to sound arrogant but I just can’t see any other team in the Metropolitan Division overtaking the Penguins. The Penguins by far are the class of the division. Maybe the Capitals are the closest team talent wise to the Penguins, but the rest of the Metropolitan Division is pretty mediocre. For a team to overtake the Penguins they would have to have a total collapse which I don’t see happening.

  5. steelers88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I liked the way the Penguins bounced back after a terrible start in the hockey game. James Neal played out of his mind. Fleury was strong in the net and kept the Penguins in the hockey game. Also Carolina is not that good. They are getting there but they are not quite that good yet.

    • jaybaileys - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      I thought they won inspire of Fleury. He was awful on the first 2 goals, the 3rd was a bad bounce. These are games he has to be better. It was a 3 day break not 3 weeks, what is he gonna look like after the olympic break?

      • jaybaileys - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        in spite not inspire

  6. dirt2013 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    It looked like I was skating for the Pens in the 1st period.Players falling all over the ice.

    The Pens have been hot but against the weaker teams.Sooner or later they will play the better teams and then we will see where they are in terms of talent.Plus they need to get healthy.

  7. pdmjr - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Well they have beaten the better teams, Boston Anaheim SJ Wash maybe you should check your facts before you post

  8. joey4id - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Olli moly! Terrible game by Maata, and the d in general. Way too many giveaways and mistakes. Yet they find a way to win with hot goaltending and opportunistic scoring.

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