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Marc-Andre Fleury is off to a hot start for the Penguins. Earlier today, it was announced that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named the leagues third star for the opening week of action. Fleury won each of his first two starts against the Devils and Sabres by scores of 3-0 and 4-1, respectively.  In those two starts, Flower posted a 0.50 goals against average, as well as a .979 save percentage, through 120 minutes of action.  After recording his 23rd career shutout during the season opener at home against New Jersey, MAF was able to extend his goalless streak until late in the third period against Buffalo, when Thomas Vanek was able to finally redirect one past Fleury. His shutout streak 0f 115:06 set a Penguins franchise record, shattering the pervious record of 66 minutes that Fleury set in the 2006-2007 season. Finishing ahed of Fleury in the number 1 and 2 spots were Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and Montreal center Lars Eller. If there was one member of the Pens that needed a huge confidence boost early in the season, it was Fleury.  After yet another playoff collapse against the Islanders in the playoffs last spring, many Pens fans were calling for Fleury’s head on a platter, demanding that GM Ray Shero either trade him or use one of the teams two compliance buyouts on him.  Any doubt as to who the Penguins starting goalie for the 2013 season would be went away early last week when it was announced that backup and playoff hero Tomas Vokoun would be out 3-6 months recovering from a blood clot in his pelvis. Fleury needed to step up to the plate, and, at least for the time being, he has.  Having said that, he has had some serious help. The Penguins as a team are playing much tighter defense as a unit (thank new assistant Jacque Martin for that), and are giving up fewer tough shots for Fleury to stop, which is even more amazing when you consider that they are doing so without star d-man Kris Letang.  He has also had the benefit of playing two teams that aren’t exactly considered offensive powerhouses in New Jersey and Buffalo, and has only been really tested on five or six tough shots. Still, credit where credit is due, Fleury has given the Pens every chance to win so far, and they have capitalized on it. As for those playoff collapses? Well, we’ll have to wait till April and see, but I have a sneaking suspicion that MAF’s postseason woes are behind him.

"Not So Mad Monday with @MadChad412 " (Fleury, Maatta, Flyers,)

Happy Monday everyone! Today's edition of "Mad Monday" with me "Mad" Chad Nolan is going to be a little different. Different in that I'm not really mad about anything involving the Pittsburgh Penguins.The Pens are off to a 2-0 start and have looked really impressive in their first two games of the season. The team looks vastly improved on defense and Marc...

Pascal Dupuis: An Unlikely Superhero by @ChicksDigHockey

 Laval Quebec is the largest suburb of Montreal and childhood home of Pascal Dupuis. Like every red-blooded Canadian boy he grew up playing hockey and dreaming of playing professional hockey. He played four seasons in the QMJHL but was never drafted by an NHL club. In August of 2000 at the age of 21, he was signed by the Minnesota Wild and spent a year of development in the...

Report: Penguins Winger James Neal Injured Himself During On-Ice Wiffle Ball Game

When the Pittsburgh Penguins saluted their city’s baseball team, the Pirates, for ending their 21-year postseason drought earlier this month, they played a friendly wiffle ball game on the ice at Consol Energy Center. The game seemed like a bad idea at the time because it put players at risk for injury in a non-practice or game setting. In hindsight, the Penguins should never have...

Penguins remain unbeaten, top Hurricanes 5-2

PITTSBURGH -- Jussi Jokinen collected his first hat trick in nearly six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5-2 win Tuesday night. Jokinen, who was acquired from the Hurricanes last spring, helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals in the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2. Paul...

Twitter Headers by @ryannoble66

Tired of trying to fit your favorite Pittsburgh Penguins pictures into that little space known as your Twitter header? Don't worry because Pens Initiative has you covered. Here are some that we use that we hope you enjoy! 

Credit Where Credit Due by @Nick422

Marc-Andre Fleury had another disastrous playoffs.  Confidence is at an all time low.  People were fearing the goalie situation going into this season.  So far those all look to be in the past. Go ahead, read the rest »

Ryan Wilson: GAMEDAY: Penguins vs. Hurricanes 7PM Consol Energy Center

Before I get into today's matchup vs the visiting Hurricanes I wanted to share the poll results from yesterday. It appears that fans like the defensive zone coverage the most about this young season and I would agree. D zone coverage made up 41% of the 588 votes and I was one of those votes. The fact is without proper d zone coverage Marc Andre Fleury would not even have...

Jokinen, Penguins top Hurricanes

Jussi Jokinen scored his first career hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5-2 win Tuesday night. Jokinen, who was acquired from the Hurricanes last spring, helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals in the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2. Paul Martin and Tanner Glass also...

Sidney Crosby stars in another new (and fake) viral ad for Reebok, this time with Nathan Mackinnon

Sidney Crosby and Reebok know a thing or two about crafting a fake viral video, and the two parties are back at it again…this time with some added help from 2013′s top draft pick, the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan Mackinnon. Check out the video above as Crosby and Mackinnon challenge each other to an accuracy contest at the expense of some Gatorade bottles and, ultimately, some...

Game 3 Preview – Hurricanes at Penguins

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Pens:  Saturday, a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.  Sidney Crosby, Chuck Kobasew, and Craig Adams all scored their second goals of the year while Chris Kunitz notched his first of the year with a penalty shot.  Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 of 21 shots. Last Game for the Hurricanes:  Sunday, a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers...

Hurricanes-Penguins Preview

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes have something to feel good about entering Tuesday night's game in Pittsburgh. The Penguins have looked sharp defensively in winning their first two games and the Hurricanes bounced back from a disheartening loss for their first victory. Pittsburgh (2-0-0) strung together 115 minutes, six seconds of shutout hockey to set...

Crosby, Fleury lead Penguins

The past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins have topped the NHL in scoring. They've come up short in the playoffs both times, eliminated with a pair of disappointing early exits. The Penguins are playing better defense so far this season, and embattled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is leading the way. Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored his second goal and Fleury was nearly...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 3: Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0) Root Sports, FS-CR - 7:00 pm/et  Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA "The Staals are brothers", now with bonus "the Sutters are cousins!" STATS, INFO & NOTES: Leading Scorers: Penguins: Matt Niskanen (0G, 3A: 3P) Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner (0G, 3A: 3P) Starting...

Game 2 – Sabres at Penguins

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Pens:  Thursday, October 3rd.  The Pens defeated the Devils 3-0 in their season and home opener.  The Penguins got goals from Chuck Kobasew, Sidney Crosby, and Craig Adams while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 27 of the Devils’ shots. Last Game for the Sabres:  Friday, October 4th.  The Sabres fell to the Ottawa Senators 1-0. ...

Stars Of The Week

 NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2013) – Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 6. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
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