For the second straight night in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Marc-Andre Fleury recorded a shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 2-0. With the win, the Penguins now lead the Metropolitan Division final 2-1 in the best out of seven series.
The Penguins won game three of the series at the prestigious Madison Square Garden despite being outshot 35-15 by the Rangers. Fleury was brilliant in goal for the Penguins. He made ten saves in the first period, 16 saves in the second period and nine saves in the third period.
After being shaky for the Penguins in their opening round series victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fleury now has a goals against average of under 1.00 in three games played during the second round. Fleury now has eight career playoff shutouts for the Penguins. A native of Sorel, Quebec, Fleury was Canada's third string goaltender behind Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Meanwhile, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, scored the game winning goal for Pittsburgh at the 2:34 mark of the second period from Robert Boruzzo and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Chris Kunitz. For Crosby, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, it was his first goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Interestingly at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, it took Crosby six games to score a goal, and when he did, he scored on Henrik Lundqvist, ironically the same goaltender Crosby faced on Monday night. There have been rumors that Crosby has not been very healthy, but it should be noted that Crosby does have six playoff assists to go along with his one playoff goal to date.
Game five of the series will take place on Wednesday evening. That will be the only Stanley Cup playoff game on the schedule.
Meanwhile in the Pacific Division final, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. Kings defenseman and two-time Olympic gold medalist Drew Doughty nearly got seriously injured after a slash from Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks, but returned moments later.