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NHL: Penguins beat Atlanta as Fleury saves 28


Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his ninth career shutout, and Jordan Staal and Colby Armstrong ended long goal droughts in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, and Ryan Malone and Ryan Whitney also scored for the Penguins, who had lost six of their previous seven at home. Sergei Gonchar had three assists, and Gary Roberts and Tyler Kennedy each added two assists.

Staal hadn't scored since Oct. 20, while Armstrong, a healthy scratch for several games earlier this month, hadn't scored since the home opener Oct. 6.

Atlanta, coming off a 3-0 loss to New Jersey on Friday night, has gone 132 minutes, 12 seconds without scoring.

Islanders 2, Bruins 1

In Uniondale, New York, Andy Hilbert and Richard Park, who came in with one goal between them this season, both scored as the punchless New York Islanders pulled out a victory over the Boston Bruins.

One day after dropping a 2-1 decision in Boston, the Islanders returned the favor at home despite not scoring more than two goals for the eighth straight game. New York is 4-4 in that stretch with a total of 13 goals.

Rick DiPietro earned his split of the home-and-home and had to make only 20 saves to do it. He also earned an assist on Hilbert's goal.

Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2, SO

In Columbus, Ohio, Nikolai Zherdev scored the winning shootout goal to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings.

Michael Peca and Rick Nash also scored in the shootout for Columbus, which won despite allowing Detroit to tie it with two goals in a team-record 5 seconds. The game was the second shootout in a week between the teams, with Detroit winning last Sunday.

Manny Malhotra and Zherdev scored in regulation for Columbus, which has won two straight. Pascal Leclaire made 23 saves, including a big stop on Henrik Zetterberg in the shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit, which has lost five of seven. Chris Osgood made several spectacular saves to keep the Red Wings in the game.

The two goals in 5 seconds bettered Detroit's previous mark of 7 seconds, done in both 1936 and 1987. It was also the quickest two goals allowed in Columbus' short history. The Blue Jackets gave up goals 8 seconds apart last year.

Sabres 3, Canadiens 0

In Montreal, Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves for his first shutout for Buffalo, and Jaroslav Spacek and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals to lead the Sabres.

Thibault, who played for Montreal from 1995-98, recorded his 38th career shutout -- his first since March 14 for Pittsburgh in a 3-0 win in New Jersey. It was just his third start of the season for Buffalo, which signed him as a free agent in the offseason.

Flames 5, Avalanche 2

In Denver, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots and Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames past the struggling Colorado Avalanche.

Daymond Langkow, Adrian Aucoin, Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary, which has split its last four games. Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich each had two assists.

Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored for Colorado, which managed only 21 shots in losing for the fifth time in six games. The loss denied Colorado of its 500th regular-season victory since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season, and left coach Joel Quenneville one shy of his 100th win with the Avalanche.

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