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PITTSBURGH -- Of all the things that happened during a tumultuous off-season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, shoring up goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the long term was not one of them. Fleury is entering the final season of a seven-year, $35 million contract. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer if he is not re-signed. The first overall pick in the 2003 NHL draft helped the Penguins reach the 2008 Stanley Cup final and win the trophy in 2009. If entering a contract year or the possibility of a trade is weighing on him, Fleury is not letting on. "I just want to go play, go win," Fleury said Monday before giving up two power-play goals on 20 shots over two periods of work in Pittsburghs exhibition loss to Detroit. "Whats going to happen is whats going to happen. Im not worried too much about it." For Fleury, the memory of the negotiations that went into his current deal has given him some perspective and eased the uncertainty. He was 23 when he signed that lucrative offer. "I thought, I wont have to worry about it for a long time," Fleury said. "And now Im already entering my last year. Its crazy how time flies. I was very fortunate to have that contract, to be in Pittsburgh for that long, to have that security, a chance to play with great players, win the Cup." Fleury also set franchise records for wins (288), shutouts (28) and playoff shutouts (eight). Hes had at least 35 wins every season except for lockout-shortened 2012-13. But Fleury became a target as Pittsburghs post-season failures piled up. Since winning the Cup, the team has reached the Eastern Conference final just once, getting swept by Boston in 2013, and lost in the first round twice. In 2013, Fleury lost his No. 1 role to Tomas Vokoun during the first round. Fleury finally escaped harsh criticism last spring when the Penguins offence withered and the team blew a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers in the second round -- a post-season disappointment that led to an overhaul of the Penguins staff and roster. There doesnt seem to be much of a push, if any, to get a new contract in place for Fleury. How he performs this season and in the 2015 playoffs could heavily influence what approach the Penguins take under will new coach Mike Johnston and new general manager Jim Rutherford. "We try to stress the process -- following through with the process and trying to do the right things every day so youre not looking too far ahead," Penguins goaltending coach Mike Bales said. "Marcs good at that and that will obviously have to be his focus this year." In their first season working together, Fleury and Bales hit it off last year. "It was good from the start," Fleury said. "Hes easy to talk to. The thing we changed the most was (handling) plays around the post, a little different technique that I had to learn, practice and get better at." Neither Fleury nor Bales identified an aspect of the goaltenders game that will receive extra attention this season, although Fleurys puck-handling has been adventurous at times. A home game Nov. 28 will hold special significance for Fleury. Not because of the opponent, Carolina, or any career statistical relevance, but because hell turn 30 that day. "I dont know if its a milestone," said Fleury, grinning. "Im, like, Oh, geez. Im going to be 30. Im getting old. A little more experience, a little more mature. I guess its not all bad." Before he turns 31, Fleury will know what his future holds. He said hes not equating wins with dollar signs or decimal points. "I dont want to tie it in that way," Fleury said. "After (this) contract, Im set (financially). My family is good. I just want to go out, play, win." Phillip Gaines Jersey . 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Reggie Jackson, starting in Westbrooks place, had 16 points and eight assists as the Thunder never trailed and led by as many as 32 points against a team they beat in six games in the first round of last seasons playoffs. Durant said the experience of playing without Westbrook for the final four games of that series and the rest of the playoffs prepared the Thunder for what they must face now. "Its still tough not having him here, but we know what we have to do now," Durant said. "We learned from our mistakes last time. Hopefully we just keep getting better and when he comes back its kind of a seamless transition for us." Oklahoma City shot 57 per cent from the field (47 of 82) in dealing the Rockets their worst loss of the season. The Thunder held James Harden to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, while Dwight Howard, often stymied by Oklahoma City centre Kendrick Perkins, had nine points on 4-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds. "That team is a very, very high-powered offence," Durant said. "Theyre so quick up the floor. We just wanted to let them see bodies and just play hard. . Weve got to do a better job (defensively) but tonight was a step in the right direction." Aaron Brooks had 17 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 for Houston, which was playing its fourth game in five days. The Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, missed their first 12 shots and shot 36.5 per cent from the field (31 of 85). Houston coach Kevin McHale wouldnt use fatigue as an excuse for the Rockets performance. "Youre playing basketball," McHale said, shaking his head. "Youre not logging tall timbers, believe me. Four games in five nights ... next question. "We couldnt stop them. We couldnt run. We had nothing." Oklahoma City is 3-2 this season without Westbrook. The All--Star point guard underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, his third surgery since last April, when he tore his meniscus after Houston guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him as Westbrook tried to call a timeout in Game 2 of last seasons playoff series.dddddddddddd. The Thunder have said Westbrooks latest surgery will sideline him until after the All-Star break. Oklahoma City won 89-85 at Charlotte on Friday night in their first game since that surgery, as Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds. "The teams going to pick it up," Jackson said. "Were going to do things collectively. Were going to find a way to play, but we all know our limitations. We all know what were good at. . We dont know, necessarily, where well get it from each and every night, but were just trying to go ahead and find our shots and continue to take them." Oklahoma City jumped to a 13-0 lead as the Rockets failed to score until Howard hit a 3-foot jump hook with 5:27 left in the first quarter. The Thunder extended their lead to 22-5 on a driving layup by Thabo Sefolosha and were up 26-14 at the end of the quarter. The Thunders lead stayed in double digits most of the second quarter and Oklahoma City led 56-44 at halftime. Parsons opened the second half with a corner 3-pointer to pull the Rockets within nine points, but Durant hit two 3-pointers and Jackson had another during a 15-0 run to give Oklahoma City its biggest lead to that point at 71-47. Houston came no closer than 17 points the rest of the way. "We just had a tough time making shots tonight," Howard said. "That happens. Weve got to come out better. Weve got to find a way to get ourselves going. Thats it." Houston also struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 17 of 31 attempts (54.8 per cent). Sefolosha scored 13 points, one off his season high, for Oklahoma City. Omri Casspi added 15 points for the Rockets. 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