The Penguins won seven straight shootouts on their way to an 8-2 record in games decided by a shootout round. These weren't consecutive games, but it was still an impressive streak and the Pens have continued their shootout success into 2010.
It seemed like every other game the Penguins played this season without their two superstars ended in shootout. While it is an uncanny way to decide a highly competitive contest, it is exciting and suspenseful nonetheless.
In late March, the Pens held four consecutive opponents even through the OT period and into the finality of a shootout. Even more impressive, they snatched two points in each of those four games, setting an NHL record.
Pittsburgh finished the 2010 season with 10 shootout wins in 13 appearances. Unfortunately there are no shootouts in the playoffs, but here is a tribute to the players that contributed greatly in the many decisive shootout rounds of the Penguins regular season.
Malkin had one shootout goal in a loss to the Islanders at the end of December. He only had three attempts before a knee injury ended his season.
Crosby also scored in that 5-4 shootout win over the Hurricanes. It was his lone shootout goal of the season and unfortunately, because of his concussion, he didn't receive too many opportunities.
In a shootout with the Phoenix in early November, Pens' Rookie of the Year, Mark Letestu, notched his first game-deciding shootout goal to give his team the 4-3 victory.
Brent Johnson stoned all three of the Coyotes' shots in the shootout.
Dupuis' only shootout goal of the season was a big one.
It took seven shootout rounds to decide a preview of this season's Winter Classic, but Pascal Dupuis netted the game-deciding goal to give the Pens' the win over the rival Washington Capitals.
Dustin Jeffrey was the first star in a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers in February. Not only did he notch the game-deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout, but he had also scored a power play goal earlier in the matchup.
Jeffrey may have never gotten his time to shine had Jordan Staal not been thrown out due to an errant punch. It was his only shootout attempt, but he made it count.
Letang has always been thought of as a solid shootout scorer, but recently he's fallen into a slump. He may have been tied for the most shootout goals on the team, but his shooting percentage was pretty shaky.
His only game-deciding goal came in a shootout with the Carolina Hurricanes in mid-November.
Back when the Penguins were still in the race for first, they found themselves matched up with the in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers, who also happened to be the leaders of the Eastern Conference.
Chris Kunitz beat Bobrovsky to secure his team two points after Alexei Kovalev's shootout goal had been matched by Danny Briere.
He also scored in Pittsburgh's last shootout of the season as the Pens beat the Islanders 4-3.
After arriving back in Pittsburgh as a result of a trade from the Ottawa Senators, Alexei Kovalev had one monster of a outing in his second appearance following his return to the Pens.
He had one goal in regulation and the game-deciding shot to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-5 win over Toronto.
Kovi also scored in the Penguins' fourth consecutive shootout win, an NHL record.
James Neal has made a positive impact on the Pens since he was acquired from the Stars at the trade-deadline, especially in shootous.
In the first of the Pens' four consecutive shootout victories, Neal knocked off the Red Wings with the only goal in the shootout.
He also helped the Pittssburgh defeat New Jersey in their third consecutive SO win after finally beating Brodeur in a scoreless game and scored in the NHL-record fourth consecutive SO win as well.
It's somewhat unfair that the skaters who make goalies look foolish and score during shootouts are known as the game-winners and given the most attention.
When overtime ends in a tie, enormous pressure falls on goalies who must a remain a brick wall even when they are forced to stop every shot without help from a defense.
Teams count on their goaltenders to make the saves, but don't get too upset when a scorer fails to find the back of the net.
The Penguins goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury and backup Brent Johnson, have been the real superstars in each of Pittsburgh's eight shootout victories.
Fleury, the team's MVP, stopped 32 out of 38 shootout attempts this season as he's led Pens to eight SO wins. Johnson has two SO wins, only allowing one goal on 11 attempts.
Fleury SV% .842
Johnson SV% .909