The fan favorite, owner of practically every Penguins goaltending record from his 13 seasons with the franchise, makes his return to the Steel City Tuesday night for the first time as a member of the Golden Knights, and is expected to receive a hero's welcome back from the PPG Paints Arena crowd.
Ryan Carpenter and Jonathan Marchessault scored in the third period for Vegas, which almost rallied from a three-goal deficit. Overall, they're 11-4-0 since January 1.
Kessel extended the lead to 5-2 a little more than three minutes later on a one-touch, backdoor feed from Malkin.
Fleury stopped 24 shots in that December game, the first meeting between the teams.
Backstrom, who also had an assist in the game, became the fifth Washington player to reach the 200-goal mark.
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Matt Murray, Fleury's former understudy in Pittsburgh, made 21 saves to top his mentor.
Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins - including the last two seasons - returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since Vegas selected him in the expansion draft last summer.
The cheers grew louder, however, once Shazier stood up to acknowledge the fans.
The emotional outpouring didn't hinder Fleury's game at all.
"There's always motivation when you're playing against friends and former teammates, especially the position we're in and what happened when we were there", Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.
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He also got some help from the iron behind him, as Kessel hit a crossbar in the first period and a post in the second.
Senators 5, Devils 3: Mike Hoffman and Chris DiDomenico scored power-play goals 58 seconds apart in the first period to give Ottawa a lead it never relinquished in a win over visiting New Jersey.
Ryan Reaves, acquired from St. Louis in a June trade, forced a turnover on the forecheck and beat Fleury under the glove with a wrister from the left wing about 11 minutes in.
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Cole has scored both times the Penguins faced Fleury this season.
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The wait goes on for those expecting the Vegas Golden Knights to falter with the team continuing to play well at both ends of the ice.