Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/9/12
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- 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 Pittsburgh Penguins to their eighth straight victory, 2-1 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots and was perfect in the shootout for his 36th victory of the season, putting him one behind Nashville's Pekka Rinne for the NHL lead. 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.
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