Penguins hoping to build off Fleury’s return

Toronto (12-13-6) at Pittsburgh (17-10-4), 7:00 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are happy to have
Marc-Andre Fleury back.

Fleury will likely be back in the crease Saturday when the
Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In his first game back in a month, Fleury steered aside 28 shots
and Evgeni Malkin recorded two goals and two assists as
Pittsburgh cruised to a 6-3 triumph over the Atlanta Thrashers
on Thursday.

“It was good (to be back),” Fleury said. “I was excited for the
game. It’s good to be back with the guys. It was fun to win

Without its No. 1 goaltender Fleury, Pittsburgh had struggled in
December, winning just twice in seven games entering its tilt
against the Thrashers.

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Fleury returned to the ice on Thursday after missing 13 games
with a back injury. The 24-year-old Pittsburgh netminder, who
led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, was back
making acrobatic saves. And the Penguins were back to their
winning ways.

“We were hoping for a solid game (from Fleury),” Pittsburgh
coach Michel Therrien said. “I thought he was phenomenal. He
made key save after key save early in the game.”

The Maple Leafs had a three-game winning streak snapped
Thursday, suffering an 8-5 loss to the Boston Bruins.