Penguins Waste Early Lead, Rally in Shootout

Kings fall to Wild in OT, Oilers crack .500 with SO win over Jackets
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 3:06 AM CST
Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, of Finland, right, stops the shot of Los Angeles Kings' Alexander Frolov (24), of Russia, during the first period in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 2, 2008,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh had a 2-0 lead before the Thrashers could get their bearings, but Atlanta slowly fought its way back from those two lightning minutes to send the game past overtime. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury bested Thrashers keeper Kari Lehtonen in the shootout for a 3-2 Pens win, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Elsewhere in the coldest league:

  • Niklas Backstrom put on a 27-save performance for Minnesota, sparing the team from some costly turnovers and helping to secure a 2-1 overtime win against Los Angeles.
  • Edmonton improved to 14-3 on shootouts and dragged its record above .500 for the first time since October with a 4-3 victory over Columbus.