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Fleury collects career win No. 300 in crucial game against Bruins

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Bruins right wing Reilly Smith (18) slams into Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) try to keep Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) from the puck during the third period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) and Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) battle for position during the second period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) looks for a rebound after Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save during the second period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins defensemen Olli Maatta (3) and Christian Ehrhoff (10) check Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) and Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow (45) eye a loose puck during the second period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) wheels away from Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) during the third period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates after his goal during the first period against the Bruins on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) pokes the puck away from Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) is dropped to the ice by Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is congratulated by defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) and right wing Jayson Megna (59) after scoring the winning goal during overtime against the Bruins on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) and Bruins left wing Simon Gagne (12) eye a loose puck during the third period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save as Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) look for the rebound during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) jabs Penguins defenseman Simon Despres (47) in the face during the second period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates the winning goal by teammate Evgeni Malkin as Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) rolls over during overtime Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (top) leaps over Bruins right wing Reilly Smith (18), who lands in the net, during the second period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is congratulated by center Sidney Crosby (87), center Nick Spaling (13) and efenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) after scoring the winning goal during overtime against the Bruins on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Bruins center Alexander Khokhlachev (76) knocks down Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Marcel Goc (57) drops Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) to the ice during the third period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) clears the puck away from Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save as Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) looks to play the rebound during the first period Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is congratulated by teammates after his winning goal during overtime Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Boston.

BOSTON — If Marc-Andre Fleury, for whatever reason, planned to stop any more hockey pucks late Monday night, chances are the results would have been disastrous.

Shaving cream in the eyes generally doesn’t help improve vision.

And Fleury had it in his eyes, on his face, on his shirt and on his pads — his leg pads went straight to the washing machine — as a result of celebrating win No. 300, a 3-2 overtime defeat of the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

“I don’t know who did it,” Fleury said, “but when I find out, there’s going to be some payback.”

At 29 years, 361 days, Fleury is the third-fastest goalie in NHL history to 300 wins, and he coincidentally did it in the birth city of the Penguins’ other goaltending luminary, Tom Barrasso.

Martin Brodeur (29 years, 223 days) and Terry Sawchuck (29 years, 323 days) are the only goalies to reach the threshold faster.

“It’s tough to realize,” Fleury said. “It’s something I’m happy about and proud of. I’ve been fortunate to play with good teams.”

Make no mistake, Fleury has had prettier wins.

At least 32 of them, counting the Penguins goaltender’s career shutouts.

But one would be hard-pressed to find a more crucial win for Fleury and the Penguins, who had been dumped in back-to-back games against the Islanders, the second a lopsided 4-1 defeat.

Lines were shuffled. Frustrations were aired, meetings held and promises made. A three-game losing streak loomed.

Except Fleury, who stopped 27 of 29 shots and steadied himself after a rocky start to the second period, was having none of that, and ran his record to 6-2-2 in 10 career starts at TD Garden.

“It’s pretty cool,” center Brandon Sutter said. “I didn’t know he was the third-youngest goalie to do it. That’s a lot of wins. For a guy that age to have that is pretty special. I’m sure it’s been weighing on his mind since he hit 297 and 298. We’re happy he got it here tonight. It’s a big one for him.”

Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 32 seconds into overtime.

Captain Sidney Crosby added a goal — his second in 12 games — and two assists, while Kris Letang contributed a pair of assists. Craig Adams assisted on Crosby’s first period goal for his 100th NHL assist.

The Penguins (14-4-2) improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 games against Boston and 7-1-1 over their past nine visits to TD Garden.

They took the first of the three-game season series, which continues Jan. 7 at Consol Energy Center.

Monday’s game marked the seventh consecutive regular season contest between the Bruins and Penguins that was decided by one goal.

Malkin has at least a point in 17 of the Penguins’ 20 games this season, and his power-play goal in the second pushed him into a three-way tie for the NHL lead in that category.

But while many of the Penguins’ regulars had a hand in the win, this night belonged to the franchise’s longest-tenured player. Arguably its most well-liked and personable, too.

“We wanted to get it before this game, but I think it was a great team win,” Letang said. “We’re all really happy for a guy like him on our team, a leader on our team. The guy’s been working hard. We’re just really happy to see him get No. 300.”

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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