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Fleury records playoff shutout

Marc-Andre Fleury
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According to the TSN website, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for the shutout on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 3-0. With the victory, the Penguins tied the Rangers at one game apiece in the Metropolitan Division final of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Fleury, a native of Sorel, Quebec, who represented Canada and won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, recorded his seventh career playoff shutout. Fleury made seven saves in the first period, ten saves in the second period and five saves in the third period. Brad Richards led the Rangers with six shots on net.

The Penguins received their goals from Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen. Chris Kunitz, who won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, recorded an assist with Malkin on Letang's game winning goal at 10:26 of the second period.

Letang, who finished with three points, had his best offensive game since missing 26 games from January 30-April 6 because of a stroke. Letang also suffers from a heart condition, making his comeback this season even more miraculous.

There are also some questions in Pittsburgh regarding the health of captain Sidney Crosby. The Penguins' two-time Olympic gold medalist has not seemed himself in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, and according to Don Cherry of CBC Sports, may have a bad back. Crosby has not recorded a point in the series and was a game worst -3 in the Penguins 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Friday.

In other action Sunday, Brandon Saad had two goals as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Central Division final. Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell had three points each. Bickell had a goal and two assists and Hossa had three assists. While Canadian Olympic gold medalists Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook each registered a point. Toews had a goal and Seabrook had an assist.

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