NHL: Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 1

March 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM
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PITTSBURGH, March 20 (UPI) -- Marc-Andre Fleury carried a shutout into the third period Friday and made 24 saves, lifting the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins past Los Angeles 4-1.

The Eastern Conference defending champion Penguins, who appeared out of playoff contention earlier in the season, now hold down the No. 5 seed thanks to 10 wins in their last 12 games. Their two losses in that stretch came in overtime.

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby both had a goal and an assist in the latest victory. They both tallied in the first period and Tyler Kennedy and Bill Guerin added second-period goals.

Fleury lost his shutout bid 7:27 into the third period on a power-play goal from Michal Handzus.

Jonathan Quick gave up four goals on 26 shots to take the loss. The Kings have dropped four out of five.

Malkin leads the NHL with 71 assists and 104 points. Pittsburgh is 3

1 on a season-long, eight-game homestand.

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