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Penguin’s goalie Conklin stops 50 in 4-2 win over NY Islanders

The rookie has been nothing short of incredible this year. From AP-

After the Pittsburgh Penguins came away as the NHL’s trade deadline winners, Ty Conklin helped them savor their big day with an eye-popping performance.

Conklin made a career-best 50 saves Tuesday night in the Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders — hours after Pittsburgh acquired Marian Hossa from Atlanta.

“I haven’t seen a goalie steal a game like that this year,” Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney said.

Evgeni Malkin and Jeff Taffe scored first-period goals for trade-depleted Pittsburgh, and Conklin did the rest. The Penguins — still playing without an injured Sidney Crosby — were outshot 52-21, including 11-4 in the second period.

“Sometimes shot clocks aren’t indicative of the game necessarily,” a humble Conklin said.

Since coming up in December after Marc-Andre Fleury injured an ankle, Conklin has gone 17-4-5.

Conklin has a 2.19 Goals against average and a .933 save percentage. While I predicted Ottawa to win the Eastern Conference, Pittburgh is looking awfully tough to beat at this moment.

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