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Pittsburgh at Calgary

Crosby scores 30th goal in Penguins' victory over Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury put on quite a show -- at the Calgary Flames' expense.

Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season early in the first period, and Fleury made 37 saves in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-1 victory over Calgary on Wednesday.

"Fleury stole that for us," Crosby said. "Fleury made some big saves, one really late a great chance on a one timer, and through the whole game made some great saves. We owe that one to him for sure."

Bill Guerin scored the deciding goal on a power play midway through the second period -- 1:13 after Mark Giordano tied it for the Flames.

Tyler Kennedy completed the scoring with 1:40 left in the third.

Making just his second appearance at the Saddledome in his five-year career with Pittsburgh, Crosby scored at 3:52 of the first period.

Bursting down the right wing, Crosby split the defense duo of Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano, and beat Miikka Kiprusoff.

"It's what I do every night," Crosby said. "Maybe a little higher expectations in front of a full house, especially only once every two or three years."

Crosby has scored in four straight games, piling up six goals during that span. He's second in the NHL in goals, one behind San Jose's Patrick Marleau.

"You don't get sick of them, I know that," coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's good execution, it's going north hard, it's getting to the net and then it's power going to the net. It was pretty nice to see, we've seen it a couple times on this trip and I'd be happy to see it again."

Fleury was especially sharp in the third period when Calgary outshot Pittsburgh 16-5. Less than a minute in, Fleury turned aside Nigel Dawes on a breakaway. On the next shift, the Flames' top line of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Jamie Lundmark buzzed around the Pittsburgh net, taking multiple whacks at the puck but couldn't score.

"It was fun," Fleury said. "It was pretty intense traffic both ways. Our defense was blocking a lot of shots, they were diving to make saves in front of me. It's a big two points for us."

The Flames have scored more than three goals just once in the past 21 games.

"Their goalie did play well, but we had 18 or 19 quality scoring chances here tonight and were only able to capitalize on one of them," coach Brent Sutter said. "We're doing the right things to create the opportunities, but we're not getting the job done when it's there for us."

Notes

  • Flames star Iginla has gone five games without a point.
  • A woman in a wedding dress had a 'Marry Me Sidney' sign.
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With the tally against Calgary, Sidney Crosby has seven goals in his last six games. (AP)
With the tally against Calgary, Sidney Crosby has seven goals in his last six games. (AP)

Scoreboard
Pittsburgh  (29-18-1) «1113
Calgary (26-15-6)0101
Three Stars
M. Fleury
PIT


Saves: 37
Save Pct.: .974
M. Giordano
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Bourque
CGY


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:52Sidney Crosby (30), Wrist Shot. Assist: Eaton
2ND PERIOD
09:39Power Play - Mark Giordano (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Dawes, Bourque
10:52Power Play - Bill Guerin (15), Tip-In. Assist: Gonchar, Goligoski
3RD PERIOD
18:20Tyler Kennedy (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Staal
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:27Goligoski, 2 min, Tripping
06:49Godard, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
06:31McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
06:31Godard, 5 min, Fighting
07:52Malkin, 2 min, Slashing
09:57Jokinen, 2 min, Holding
11:18Moss, 2 min, Hooking
15:16Regehr, 2 min, Tripping
18:39Dawes, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
05:03Crosby, 2 min, Hooking
10:22Gonchar, 2 min, Hooking
18:49Bourque, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
Pittsburgh814527
Calgary10121638
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marc-Andre Fleury60:00371
Miikka Kiprusoff59:56243
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Stephane Auger, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Brian Mach
 
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