Posted February 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
From his nickname ''Flower'' to his ''goofball'' persona, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury doesn't have the same menacing presence of some of the NHL's top netminders. Fleury doesn't think he's much different now than he was when he broke into the league in 2003 as a fresh-faced 19-year-old. He came to a franchise in disarray then formed the backbone of an emerging league power after Pittsburgh rebuilt behind star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He's comfortable in the role even if it causes him to be overlooked when talking about the league's best goalies. Maybe it's time he entered the conversation. Fleury tied Tom Barrasso's franchise record for career shutouts with a win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday and could pass Barrasso's career victory total before the season is over. Heady territory for a player who thinks his best days are ahead of him.

Video: Malkin carves up entire Lightning defense

This afternoon, Evgeni Malkin dazzled his hometown crowd with a fantastic end-to-end goal. The tally would be the sixth for the Penguins en route to their 8-1 win over Dwayne Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1. See for yourself, and try to keep your jaw from dropping.

Crosby getting closer to playing?

The Penguins star hasn't appeared in a game since Dec. 5 and has only strapped on the skates for 8 games this season, but the news that he had his first extended skate in a long time Thursday is encouraging.

John Toperzer: Sidney Crosby back skating & smiling with team

Takeaway from Thursday practice: Sid looks good -- see for yourself Follow me on Twitter @JohnToperzer Perhaps the best part of Thursday was Sidney Crosby’s continually smile around his teammates, pictured here. He’s back to smiling as much now as he did before his concussion. There's no change in his status, but Penguins fans and fans of the NHL have to...

Malkin's hat trick leads Penguins in 8-1 rout of Lightning

All-Star Evgeni Malkin recorded a hat trick and added an assist, while Jordan Staal scored on the power play and shorthanded as Pittsburgh cruised to an 8-1 victory over visiting Tampa Bay on Saturday. Malkin moved to a league-leading 77 points - four ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who was kept off the score sheet. Malkin has eight goals, including two hat tricks...

VIDEO: Evgeni Malkin stares down Dwayne RoLOLson

To set the stage Dwayne Roloson suckered punched Evgeni Malkin in the face early in the second period. Here was Malkin's response:

Who's boss? Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin is one of the premier talents in the NHL. Most of the time, anyway.

Penguins' Crosby skates with teammates again

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates for the second time in less than a week on Thursday but his return from concussion-like symptoms remains uncertain.

Pens strike Lightning, win 8-1; Malkin has hat trick

Evgeni Malkin had his ninth career hat trick as the Penguins won for the third time in the past four games, topping the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-1, today at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin scores hat trick; Penguins rout Lightning

Evgeni Malkin had his ninth career hat trick, Jordan Staal added two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the fifth time in seven games by routing the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 Saturday.

Blue Jackets-Penguins Preview

After matching their highest goal output of the season in their last game, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in for another big offensive performance with the Columbus Blue Jackets in town. The surging Penguins will try for a third consecutive victory Sunday when they host the lowly Blue Jackets. For the second time in seven games, Pittsburgh (35-21-5) equaled its season high for...

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Game 61

Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (34-21-5) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (27-27-6) Where: Consol Energy Center When: 1:00 PM EST Channels: NHLN-US, ROOT Sports Why does it seem like the Penguins play back to backs every freaking weekend?  Oh, because this will be their fourth straight weekend doing it?  Gotcha. This is the fourth and final meeting between [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning's Dwayne Roloson, Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin have different views of run-in

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