In what was truly the 3rd big test of this early season for the Penguins, they managed to come away unscathed against an albeit under-strength Stanley Cup champions. LA was without two of their best players in Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik while also missing one of their best defensemen in Slava Voynov and sitting Olympian Jonathan Quick. That’s not to say that the Kings were poor last night. They weren’t, but giving up two first period powerplay goals and having they’re top scoring line of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli shut down all night by Olli Maatta and Kris Letang ended up being too much to overcome.
Behind the 36 save shutout on the 11 year anniversary of his first career shutout, Marc-Andre Fleury held the fort and helped lead this Penguins team to victory in yet another 100% complete game. Really refreshing to see that kind of stuff, eh?