PITTSBURGH (AP) The
Fleury made 33 saves, including several quality third-period stops while the
''They threw a lot of pucks at the net from anywhere,'' Fleury said. ''They had guys around the net trying to screen and tip, but it worked out all right in the end.''
It has worked out for Fleury, too.
Fleury, who led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009, lost his starting job to
Murray, however, broke his hand during the World Cup of Hockey and Fleury has stepped up in his absence, stopping 73 of 77 shots in two wins.
''We're not surprised by it,'' defenseman
''We knew it would be a quick game with their speed and the way they like to play,'' Perry said. ''I thought we had a great start, but I thought we relaxed a little bit in the first period and they took it to us. We had to start playing catch-up.''
Crosby remains day-to-day with a concussion sustained during practice last week. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner missed practice Friday, but skated on his own Saturday morning before sitting out the team's optional morning skate.
The Ducks are still looking for their first win under returning coach Randy Carlyle, who is back on the bench for his second stint with the team. Carlyle, who was with the team from 2005-11, is the Ducks' all-time winningest coach and led the franchise to a Stanley Cup in 2007.
''To me, it's too early,'' Carlyle said. ''Our team's not playing to the level that's required right now from our group.''
Fleury turned aside 12 shots in the first 10 minutes, including a sharp pad save on
The Ducks tied it soon after, cashing in on a two-man advantage, as Fowler beat Fleury with a slap shot from the right faceoff dot.
Sheary's goal early in the second period gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Bernier misplayed the puck along the side of the net and Sheary scored after a scrum in front.
''The puck was kind of bouncing around the crease,'' Sheary said. ''The ref had a good angle and I'm glad he didn't blow it down because Bernier didn't have possession. I kind of whacked away at it and it went in.''
Kessel extended the lead with a power-play goal, but Perry cut the deficit to 3-2 less than three minutes later. Fleury made the initial pad save off the faceoff, but Perry scored on the rebound.
Fleury shut the door the rest of the way.
''I thought Marc was great and he made some timely saves when we broke down,'' Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan said.
NOTES: The Penguins paid tribute to players from the franchise's first decade on Saturday as part of a 50th-season celebration. ... Anaheim scratched
Ducks: Continue a season-opening five-game road swing at the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Penguins: Host Colorado on Monday.