By Larry Snyder
The Pittsburgh Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points) turned to Marc-Andre Fleury in relief of Matt Murray between the pipes to help turn the tide and claim a 4-3 comeback Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres (27-27-12, 66 points) at PPG Paints Arena. Here are quotes about the victory from various members of the Black and Gold.
Phil Kessel talked to Jonathan Bombulie from the Tribune-Review about Fleury’s performance in net, “He’s phenomenal. He made so many big saves for us tonight. He shut the door, and he gave us a chance.”
In a conversation with the AP’s Will Graves, Fleury said, “I’ve seen this team do it (come back) many times. I was just thinking to try to keep the team in the game and I was confident we could come back.”
Fleury on Malkin: "Geno was buzzing…when you see him going like that it makes you feel confident you can come back in the game." -MC
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) March 6, 2017
Fleury chatted with Wes Crosby at NHL.com about his appearance and contribution, “It’s about the team, not me. It was fun. The team played a lot better in the second and the third, so that helped me out, definitely. Just the support when I came back on the ice for the beginning of second from the fans. … They’re good to me.”
Fleury on #Pens fans: "They're good to me. They've been, all my career, they've been very good. So, it's fun to play here."
— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) March 6, 2017
The Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey had this comment from Mike Sullivan about blue line newcomers Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit, “I think Mark and Ron bring a lot to the table. They’re different players in their own right. Mark’s a little bit more on the offensive side. He’s got great instincts. He can really pass the puck. He’s got good puck poise on the offensive blue line. He’s good on the power play. Ron makes a great outlet pass as well. I think Ron’s more of a stay-at-home guy. He’s a god defender. He’s a mobile guy. He has a long reach. He’s hard to play against. He takes up space out there.”
Josh Yohe at dkpittsburghsports.com (subscription service) has this from Justin Schultz about the defenseman’s game coming back around from injury, “That was the first head injury of any kind that I’ve ever had. It was a new experience from me. It’s not an easy thing to recover from. My first couple of games, I probably wasn’t quite myself. I really feel good out there again,” he said. “It took me a little bit of time to get going, but it’s a good thing now.”
Conor Sheary spoke with Sam Werner of the Post-Gazette about coming back from injury and being on the line again with Sidney Crosby, “I think we’re finding [our chemistry] again a little bit. I think the first game maybe here and there we were a little bit off. When you don’t play together for that long, that happens. I think we’re finding it again.”
One last thought – It look’s good to me…
We're just going to leave this here for reference. 👀 pic.twitter.com/WV3tgYMMLT
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 5, 2017
NEXT UP: The Pens visit the Winnipeg Jets (30-30-6, 66 points) Wednesday at the MTS Centre as part of a five-game road trip. You can observe every face-off on ROOT Sports, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.