The shaving cream came courtesy of unknown teammates after the
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender recorded his 300th career victory in
a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins.
"I don't know (who did it), but when I find out, there's going to be
something back," said Fleury, 29, after becoming the third-youngest
goalie to earn 300 wins.
Fleury reached the milestone when Sidney Crosby hit fellow center
Evgeni Malkin with a pass for the winning goal 32 seconds into
overtime, ending Pittsburgh's two-game losing streak.
Whoever it was got the goalie on the bench before Fleury did a
television interview on the ice.
"That's why I never saw it coming -- and (they could) leave (without
being caught)," Fleury said with a laugh.
He joined Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk as the only goalies to
reach 300 before their 30th birthday.
"It was great for him," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "What an
accomplishment for a guy, third youngest to get to 300 and to earn
it in overtime and to have to play against the Bruins in here, it's
an exciting night for him."
Saturday night against the New York Islanders, Johnston put Crosby
and Malkin together in overtime, and he had them out together during
a four-on-four Monday night.
"It's nice to have that option on the bench," Johnston said.
Crosby, who already had a goal and an assist in the hard-fought
game, set up Malkin for his second goal of the game, 10th of the
season, a one-timer from well out that got past Tuukka Rask before
the Boston goalie could react.
Defenseman Kris Letang, who assisted on all three goals, joined the
two stars on the three-on-two and created a diversion by continuing
through the middle in front of Rask.
"Crosby had the puck and I was focusing on him," Rask said. "Malkin
was really wide. It was a really good play. (Crosby) makes a saucer
pass, and (Malkin) one-times it.
"It was one of those that I just try and get something in there and
hope it hits me because it's tough to get across."
Crosby, who scored his ninth goal of the year and second in the past
12 games, didn't have a point in weekend losses to the New York
Islanders, but the three Monday gave him 798 for his career.
Fleury (12-3-1) made 27 saves in the win. Rask stopped 30 shots in
the loss, the second straight for the Bruins (13-9-1), both at home.
Left winger Milan Lucic and defenseman Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds
apart in the second period for the Bruins. It was the first NHL goal
for Morrow, a former No. 1 draft pick of Pittsburgh.
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The Bruins, who had two goals waved off during the game, killed off
a too-many-men penalty called with 2:31 left in regulation.
The Penguins (14-4-2) scored first for the 16th time in 20 games
when Crosby slid a rebound past Rask at 3:33 of the opening period.
The Bruins then had one waved off before the two-goal outburst, and
they had another canceled out after Malkin tied the game with a
"We got some tough calls against us, and our guys played hard right
'til the end," said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who didn't agree
with the first disallowed goal, called a goal by ref Kyle Rehman,
who was overruled by the three other officials and then the league
office in Toronto. "Unfortunately, we didn't get that second point
that I thought we deserved."
Pittsburgh right winger Beau Bennett was injured in the second
period, tried a shift in the third and was then pulled. He will be
NOTES: The Bruins were again without C David Krejci and LW Chris
Kelly, but LW Brad Marchand returned after missing three games with
an undisclosed injury. ... RWs David Pastrnak, the Bruins'
first-round pick in the 2014 draft, and Jordan Caron were recalled.
Pastrnak made his NHL debut, logged only 7:53 but made a nifty pass
in the third period. ... RW Seth Griffith was returned to
Providence. ... Pittsburgh C Jayson Megna made his season debut. ...
Pittsburgh C Craig Adams notched his 100th career assist. ... Bruins
D Zdeno Chara, who missed his 14th game with a knee injury, skated
for the first time Monday before sitting out against Pittsburgh for
the first time since Feb. 1, 2000. He said he felt good. ... During
the morning skate, Boston G Tuukka Rask and C Carl Soderberg got
into a bit of a scuffle, but coach Claude Julien said, "It wasn't
even a tussle. They've already kissed and made up, so it's not an
issue." ... The Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
The Bruins are off until Friday night, when they host the Winnipeg
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