- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are continually refining their game with the playoffs approaching.

They looked ready Monday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury robbed former Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson with a sparkling third-period glove save and James Neal scored at 3:05 of overtime, giving the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators 2-1.

“I just tried to get my leg, my glove over there and try to stop it,” Fleury said. “I was glad it went in my glove.”

Neal netted his 18th of the season and his first goal in nine games for the Penguins, who won for the 16th time in 17 home games and are now 23-4 at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh also avoided back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since dropping three straight in early November.

“When you don’t score you sometimes try to pick corners and be a little too cute,” Neal said. “I was able to find one tonight. It was a good feeling.”

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped Robert Bortuzzo from the slot in overtime, but the rebound popped out to Neal, who dragged the puck around a Senators’ defender before dumping a shot past an out-of-position Anderson and into an empty net.

“I was trying to be patient with the puck and wait for an opening,” Neal said. “I knew their D-man was going to go down and Anderson was kind of far out when (Bortuzzo) got the puck to the net.”

Ottawa’s Stephane Da Costa and Pittsburgh’s Brian Gibbons scored in the first period.

Ottawa’s best chance to take the lead in regulation came midway through the third period, but Fleury robbed Karlsson with a dazzling glove save. Fleury, while pushing from post to post, reached high above the cross bar, snagging the fluttering wrist shot from Karlsson, who had a partially wide open net to shoot at.

“I don’t know if there’s a save that beats it,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said. “It was going high to the right corner and he had to get up there and get it.

“It was an open cage, he pushes over, and gets the glove up to make the save. I hope we see this one over and over again.”

Karlsson might see it in his sleep. The Senators’ leading scorer fell to the ice in astonishment after Fleury’s stop.

“I just smiled at him,” Karlsson said. “There’s nothing I can really say. He knows he made a good save and unfortunately I’m going to be on the highlights for quite some time with that one.”

Fleury stopped 24 shots for his league-leading 30th win of the season, while Anderson turned aside 46 shots for the hard-luck loss.

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