Series (Game 1 of 1)

Pittsburgh leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th

Flames 1

(9-12-2, 20 pts)

Penguins 4

(15-8-2, 32 pts)

1:00 PM ET, November 27, 2010

CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 11
PIT 0 2 24

S. Crosby (Penguins - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

B. Johnson (Penguins - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .968

K. Letang (Penguins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Flames-Penguins Preview


Shaky goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleury got the Pittsburgh Penguins off to an equally rocky start in their new building. Fleury's recent play has the Penguins enjoying their home-ice advantage.

With Pittsburgh looking to post its sixth straight victory, Fleury is expected to be in net Saturday when the Calgary Flames try to finish their five-game trip with consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.

In goal as the Penguins (14-8-2) lost their first three at the new Consol Energy Center, Fleury temporarily lost his starting job to Brent Johnson, who started seven of 12 from Oct. 15-Nov. 10 and was in net for Pittsburgh's first two home wins.

Fleury, though, has taken a firm grip of the starting job by going 7-0-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in the last eight games. He made a season-high 43 saves in Friday's 2-1 home win over Ottawa.

"I'm still playing the same way I did. I'm just a little more relaxed," said Fleury, 2-1-0 with a 1.30 GAA in four starts against Calgary. "Things are going well. We're winning games and the guys are helping me out."

Pittsburgh has won four straight by one goal thanks to a penalty-kill unit that has stopped the last 25 chances. The Penguins have also improved on the power play, scoring five times in the last four games following scores from Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski on Friday.

Pittsburgh, winner of a season-high three straight at home, will try to record its first six-game win streak since a seven-game surge Oct. 8-23, 2009.

The Penguins have a good chance of approaching that run the way captain Sidney Crosby is playing. The sixth-year center, second in the league with 37 points and two goals shy of 200, has scored nine times and has 13 assists during an 11-game point streak.

Crosby had a goal as the visiting Penguins won their third straight over Calgary, 3-1 on Jan. 13.

The Flames (9-11-2) snapped a three-game skid Friday with a 3-2 shootout victory at Philadelphia. It also ended the Flames' five-game road losing streak.

"We were rewarded for our game, and maybe we haven't been rewarded on this trip so far," coach Brent Sutter said of a Philadelphia overtime goal getting waved off by an unsportsmanlike conduct call on defenseman Chris Pronger.

The Flames, losers of seven of eight at Pittsburgh, will look for captain Jarome Iginla to continue his solid play as they go for back-to-back wins for the first time since a 3-0-0 stretch Oct. 22-26.

Iginla, tied with Alex Tanguay with a team-high 18 points, has seven goals and three assists in the last eight games after notching eight points in his first 15.

Iginla has no goals and three assists in seven games at Pittsburgh.

In the Flames' last game in Pittsburgh, Fleury made 31 saves and posted his 15th career shutout in a 2-0 victory March 25, 2009.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to make his second straight start Saturday. He is 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA in his last three starts against Pittsburgh.