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Fleury, Crosby help steal a shootout win for Penguins

Mar 8, 2014, 2:05 AM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins were badly outshot, but managed to beat the Anaheim Ducks anyway.

The Penguins managed only 17 shots through three periods of regulation and the overtime, while allowing 31 Anaheim Ducks. Yet, in the end, and after a six-round shootout, the Penguins emerged victorious by a final of 3-2.

“We got a lot of work early on our defensive zone coverage,” said Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Marc-Andre Fleury was busy in this one, making 29 saves. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Brandon Sutter scored in the skills competition for Pittsburgh.

Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

  1. c9castine - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    I hate shoot outs. Great game.

    • areaman714 - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      They are not worth 2 points. The NHL needs to move to a 3-2-1 format if they are going to continue doing shootouts.

    • steelhammer92 - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      Sorry guys, the casual fan prefers shootouts over ties. Understandably, the purists don’t like shootouts.. But the purists will always be there for the NHL; it’s the casual fans the NHL has to keep happy to remain successful.

    • xxakshunxx - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:28 AM

      Ties are terrible, and the moment they change the OT to 10 min or 20 min, the first player to get hurt during the extra time in regular season, that teams fans will be whining and crying the same as complaining about Shootouts.. not many alternatives

      • zetaone - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        10 minute 3v3. Open things wide up. Can’t imagine many OTs going without a goal after 10 min 3v3..

      • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        3 on 3 is a terrible idea

      • cyggyx1 - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        6 on 6 fight, last man standing wins. at least then its a team win. shootouts blow

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 8, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      I hate shootouts, too. I don’t like the 3-2-1 format either. If shootouts are to remain, what the NHL should do is remove the one point awarded to the losing team.

      • c9castine - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Yeah. I didn’t say I liked ties if there isn’t a reasonable way to settle it then I guess we have to do some different point system. I am not a fan of awarding 3 points I think it’s weird but then again what does that matter.

  2. penguins87and71 - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I thought it was a good bounce back win for the Penguins even though they got outshot badly. Fleury really stood on his head again, and kept the them in this game. I think what the Penguins problem has been as of late is they are being to careless with the puck. They just need to make the simple plays because they have enough talent not to make stupid plays. They aren’t shooting, they are trying to make the perfect pass.

    • c9castine - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      They shoot. For whatever reason their shot totals have been going down but they shoot plenty. I believe shooting is always a good idea I also believe that to a good degree you need to let talent like that play because often times they make good on their passing plays.

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    if i’m a ducks fan i cant be too mad about the effort. they outplayed the pens for most of the game, zone time was ridiculously in their favor and they put on a clinic on how to play in the neutral zone. penguins got pretty lucky in this one, i couldnt believe they came out in the third period with any gas left in the tank. penguins still had some high quality chances, neal’s post, malkin’s one timer on the pp, crosby’s breakaway in ot – but other than that and the goals they did score (engelland’s was just a head scrathcher), it really shouldnt have been close. ducks win that game 9 out of 10 other nights with the way they played.

  4. florida76 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Always felt like shots on goal in hockey is like time of possession in football, it gets too much coverage when talking about how a game went. Sports reflects life in the sense you must capitalize on the opportunities when they are presented. In this case, last night, the Pens were just better when it counted most.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    First of all I don’t think the NHL will ever get rid of the shootout, to many of the non core hockey like it. I personally don’t. I think what the NHL should do is make the OT 10 minutes to 15 minutes, and then if you don’t go score you go to a shootout. Until the NHL comes up with a better idea to break the tie the shootout will remain. I also can’t stand how losing teams get a point when they lose in OT. What other professional sports leagues don’t do that. I think the point system should go like this: Winning team in regulation gets 2 points, losing team gets 0. Winning team in OT gets 1 point, losing team gets 0.

    • toiletclown - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      ok hardcore hockey fan.

  6. joey4id - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    If we use the argument that over 90% of players and most fans want fighting to remain in the game, then the players should also decide what to do with the shootout, and the fans at the game certainly appear to enjoy it.

    These two teams put on one of the best displays of skill and talent during 65 minutes, and in the shootout. As much as the shoot is not a team effort to decide a winner, it’s much more preferable to have at least one team walk away with 2pts than two teams walking away with 1pt each.

    Boudreau is doing a great job in Orange County, and one has to wonder why he couldn’t get his team to play like that when he was coach of the Caps. They have all the elements to become a SC Champion. They have SC and Olympic medal champions on their which will help immensely in the locker room, and on the ice.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      we’ll see what they do in the playoffs. boudreau never had a problem getting his team to the top of the division, or conference, or league for that matter.

  7. rushledger - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I’m a hardcore hockey fan and I would take the shout out over a tie every single time.

  8. steeltuff - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    After 10 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime, what’s wrong with a tie? Ban shootouts forever. Skills competition!

  9. billsin20xx - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    My fav-
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