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It's no secret the Pittsburgh Penguins are an offensive juggernaut - especially with the man advantage - but it's Marc-Andre Fleury who's been turning heads lately.

Coming off his first set of back-to-back shutouts, Fleury looks to guide Pittsburgh to a fifth straight victory Tuesday night as it begins a five-game trip against the Minnesota Wild, who have yet to lose at home.

Fleury had a career-high five shutouts over 64 starts last season and has come within two of equaling that mark in the last four games alone. He made 18 saves in Saturday's 5-0 win over Buffalo, improving to 7-2-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average in nine starts.

He also blanked Nashville and defending champion Los Angeles during the Penguins' winning streak.

"You have a feeling your goaltender is in a zone, so we went back to him," coach Mike Johnston said of Fleury, who has stopped 98 of the last 101 shots he's faced. "He was good in Nashville and continued right through this week.

"You can't say enough about having a goaltender that will play like that."

Fleury also has been key in helping Pittsburgh (7-2-1) create an advantage in both special teams aspects by killing 26 consecutive penalties. The Penguins, second in the league with 41 goals, have converted a league-best 41.9 percent of their power plays and are 10 for 21 during the winning streak.

Chris Kunitz got one of his two goals on the power play Saturday, while Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist also scored with the man advantage. Sidney Crosby had three assists, and he and Malkin are tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points.

Hornqvist is third with eight.

"It's all about results and execution when it comes to the power play," Crosby said. "For it to be going in, it builds confidence and gets you to believe in what you're doing. That's the biggest part."

Minnesota, meanwhile, became the last team in the league to score a power-play goal, netting two in Saturday's 4-1 win over Dallas after failing to convert on 27 chances through its first nine games.

Thomas Vanek, who signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract, scored for the first time with his new team and broke the power-play drought in the final minute of the second period.

"It's just more of a relief than anything I guess," Vanek said. "It was nice to break my streak and break our team's streak at the same time."

The nine-game stretch without a power-play goal was the longest in team history.

"You guys can talk about something else now," said Zach Parise, who had two assists. "The last couple games it's been better, it's moving better. We weren't as stagnant. We went pretty dry there for a couple games where we weren't even getting chances."

Though the Wild (7-2-0) have had some trouble with the man advantage, that hasn't stopped them from winning three straight and remaining perfect at home. They've outscored opponents 21-6 while winning their first five on home ice for the first time since opening the 2006-07 season with eight straight home wins.

Darcy Kuemper has been in net for each of those victories while posting a 1.18 GAA and two shutouts. He's 6-2-0 with a 1.62 GAA overall and could be in net again for this one.

Kuemper has never faced Pittsburgh, which lost 4-0 on April 5 during its previous visit to Minnesota.

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