1/30/2007 10:27:52 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a nearly five-year home losing streak against the Florida Panthers, winning 3-0 Tuesday night.
And they did it without any goals from Sidney Crosby or Mark Recchi.
Michel Ouellet, Dominic Moore and Ryan Whitney scored for Pittsburgh, which won its fourth in a row and sixth in seventh games. Crosby and Recchi combined for eight goals and 19 points in three games, with Recchi getting six goals and 10 points.
Crosby did extend his point streak to seven games (four goals, 10 assists) by helping set up Whitney's ninth goal of the season. It came during a power play midway through the second period after Florida held off Pittsburgh during a pair of 5-on-3 advantages that lasted two minutes. Crosby has an NHL-leading 79 points in 46 games.
Fleury got his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career, and against an opponent that had won seven in a row in Pittsburgh since March 5, 2002. The Panthers had won 14 of 15 overall against Pittsburgh.
Ouellet got the game's first goal late in the first period, squeezing a backhander between goalie Ed Belfour's right shoulder and the goal post. Evgeni Malkin knocked down Jordan Staal's pass with his right hand in the neutral zone before threading a cross-ice pass onto Ouellet's stick to the left of the net.