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NHL: Pittsburgh 2, Florida 1 (SO)

March 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, March 9 (UPI) -- James Neal and Evgeni Malkin scored shootout goals Friday to bring the Pittsburgh Penguins their eighth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over Florida.

The winning streak has not only pushed the Penguins into a solid playoff position, it has given them a chance to win their division. Pittsburgh went into Friday's action trailing the New York Rangers by six points for the Atlantic Division lead.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed only a first-period goal by Tomas Fleischmann and made 28 saves for the win.

Fleury stopped Wojtek Wolski and Mikael Samuelsson in the shootout to clinch the victory.

Steve Sullivan forged a 1-1 tie for Pittsburgh by scoring on a backhander 2:56 into the third period.

The Penguins have not lost since Feb. 19, when they dropped a 6-2 decision against Buffalo. Two of the eight wins in the streak have come in a shootout.

Jose Theodore made 33 saves for Florida, which has lost four out of five.

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