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Penguins rally for 8th straight win

Associated Press / March 10, 2012
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Steve Sullivan scored the tying goal in the third period, and James Neal and Evgeni Malkin connected in the first two rounds of a shootout to lift the Penguins to their eighth straight victory, 2-1, over the Florida Panthers on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots and was perfect in the shootout for his 36th victory of the season.

The Penguins extended the league’s longest active winning streak by overcoming a third-period deficit for the eighth time this season, tied with Tampa Bay for the most in the league.

Thomas Fleischmann scored his 21st goal of the season for Florida, and Jose Theodore made 33 saves. But the goaltender was outclassed in the shootout by Neal and Malkin, who easily beat Theodore over his glove on wrist shots.

Blackhawks 4, Rangers 3 - Defenseman Johnny Oduya scored his first goal for host Chicago with 5:56 left in the third period to snap a tie in the comeback victory over New York, which has lost three straight and four of five.

Oduya connected from the left point with a shot that sailed past Henrik Lundqvist on the glove side to give Chicago a 3-2 lead, its first of the game. Oduya was acquired from Winnipeg just before the trade deadline.

Patrick Kane added an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left.

Flames 5, Jets 3 - Miikka Kiprusoff made 42 saves to help Calgary beat visiting Winnipeg in a showdown between teams fighting for playoff spots.

Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists, and Jarome Iginla added a goal and two assists for the Flames.

The Flames picked up 5 out of a possible 6 points on a three-game homestand to move into a three-way tie for ninth in the Western Conference with Colorado and Los Angeles, 1 point behind eighth-place San Jose.

Red Wings 4, Kings 3 - Darren Helm scored with 1:13 left in regulation, lifting banged-up Detroit over visiting Los Angeles.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and assisted on Valtteri Filppula tying goal with 4:02 left, less than two minutes after Dwight King put Los Angeles ahead, 3-2.

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