James Neal and All-Star Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury denied both attempts as the Pittsburgh Penguins posted a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Florida Panthers to match a season high with their eighth consecutive victory on Friday.
Steve Sullivan tallied in regulation and Jordan Staal set a career high by recording an assist in seven consecutive contests for the Penguins, who have won seven straight and 12 of their last 13 at Consol Energy Center.
Pittsburgh sits four points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, who suffered a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
Tomas Fleischmann scored to snap a six-game goalless drought and Jose Theodore turned aside 33 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.
Neal opened the shootout by wristing the puck over Theodore's glove and into the net. After Wojtek Wolski was denied, Malkin put Pittsburgh in a commanding position by beati...