Marc-Andre Fleury, who was off in Anaheim on Friday, played possibly his best game of the season Saturday night in Los Angeles. He made 31 saves and kept the game from being a blowout, as the Penguins only managed 18 shots on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Although many of those 18 shots were solid chances, it was a season-low in shots for the Penguins.
"I didn't feel like we lacked chances," Sidney Crosby said. "Maybe we missed the net in the first, I don't know. I thought we had some good looks and didn't hit the net. Like I said, I think teams, when you're coming off a back-to-back night they're really going to try to wear you down early on and take away your time and space. Maybe that has something to do with it with the way they play. There's not a lot of room down there."
Nobody could put a shot behind the two goalies, who both were magnificent. It wasn’t until 1:44 of overtime when Patric Hornqvist wristed the puck past Quick to win the game for the Penguins.
It was his third goal in two games, as he scored twice in their 5-2 victory over the Ducks on Friday.
"He's been pretty hot," Fleury said about Hornqvist. "Hopefully he keeps his stick for the next game.”
Fleury’s been pretty hot as well. He made 31 saves for the 37th shutout of his career as the Penguins improved to 2-1 on a four game west coast road-trip, which culminates in San Jose on March 9th.
The Penguins are very happy about their last two wins. After netting five goals against one of the better teams in the Western Conference, they took on the defending Stanley Cup champions and pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
Hornqvist’s goal was unassisted, although it did come on a steal by defenseman Paul Martin, who took the puck away from Tyler Toffoli.
Despite earning a point, the Kings are still a single point behind the Calgary Flames for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Evgeni Malkin’s seven game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL, was ended.
The Kings wore their gold throwback jerseys.