Fleury ties a legend in win over Pens

october 19, 2019
Marc-André Fleury, former Penguin, full fledged Golden Knight.

Once, one of the most beloved hockey players in Pittsburgh, Fleury owns their records for most games played by a goalie (691), most wins (375) and most shutouts (44), in addition to 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Left unprotected in the 17-18 expansion draft, Fleury was picked up by the new kids on the block, the Vegas Golden Knights and has since served as both their starter, and the backbone of the franchise.

On Saturday evening, Fleury took the ice at PPG Paints Arena, his former home, adorning the white and gold of his new team, hoping to tie Terry Sawchuk as the 7th most winning net-minder in NHL history. He would do just that. With an outstanding performance against his former team, the star would make 29 saves, landing himself a shutout, breaking the Pens 5-game winning streak, and moving into a tie for 7th in all-time wins.

One of the veteran's most impressive saves was almost identical to the play which gave Vegas the game winning goal, in which his counterpart Tristan Jarry came up short.

Fleury, who received a standing ovation in the 17-18 season, during his first return to Pittsburgh since the expansion draft, had not beaten his former team on the road. With help from Paul Stastny, William Karlsson and Mark Stone, the veteran would do exactly that. Defeating his former team 3-0, Flower continues to climb the ladder as one of hockey’s elite goal tenders.
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