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Penguins Have Fleury’s Back

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Fleury made 44 saves Thursday in a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center. That was a season-high and three saves shy of his career best.

After that game, Sharks second-leading scorer Logan Couture suggested that Fleury's save total wasn't reflective of his performance. "He gave up a lot of rebounds, and on a lot of shots, he looked shaky," Couture said. "We weren't able to score on second chances."

San Jose's Joe Pavelski suggested that Fleury "was fighting it all night. It felt like we could have had five [goals]."

Those words didn't sit well with the Penguins, particularly Couture's assertion that Fleury was "shaky."

"I think that's kind of a stupid comment," defenseman Matt Niskanen said Friday after the Penguins practiced at Southpointe. "Sure, they had a lot of chances. They didn't bury them because he competed really hard.

"I'm assuming he's talking about ones where [Fleury] is rolling around on the ice trying to make saves. Those are second opportunities that we didn't clean up. He had to make consecutive saves on several occasions. To say he looked shaky, that's just stupid."


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