Statistics (Regular Season)
38 GP, 18-10-7, .909 SV%, 3.02 GAA, 1 SO
15 GP, 9-6-0, .924 SV%, 2.56 GAA, 2 SO
Player Grade (B-)
This season was hard on Marc-Andre Fleury. He was supplanted as the number one goalie in last season’s playoffs and got to start the first few weeks after Matt Murray broke his hand. Fleury had a horrific regular season but was a big reason for the Penguins repeating in 2017.
After Murray broke his hand at the beginning of the season during the World Cup of Hockey, Fleury got the opening night start and won in convincing fashion. It seemed that Flower had his mojo back after being benched in the playoffs during the 2016 Stanley Cup championship run. Things headed south in a hurry.
With Murray seemingly close to returning, the Penguins long time goaltender started really seeing some rough outings. Him and Murray split time for a little less than a month until Fleury was benched for good in favor of Murray.
All the way through the trade deadline, Fleury had been horrible. Many of people had turned on him and things were trending down for what little time he had left in a Penguins uniform.
Once the deadline had passed, Fleury was back to his normal self. So much so that, when playoff time came, Fleury was the starter.
Murray reinjured his hamstring in warm ups of game one in the first round which threw Fleury into action. He was sensational against Columbus. He may have been even better against the Capitals. He shut them out in game seven after the Penguins blew a 3-1 lead and seemed to be on their heals.
Game three of the Eastern Conference Finals was Fleury’s last start as a Penguin after he was lit up for four goals on nine shots and got pulled. He watched as Murray fetched his second Stanley Cup.
The Vegas Golden Knights selected Fleury to be their goaltender as they begin their franchises existence next year. Fleury will have the chance to be the face of a franchise starting next year and will have the starting crease with no doubts as either Calvin Pickard or Jean-Francois Berube will be his back up goalie.
While Fleury’s time in Pittsburgh has come to an end, his contributions will soon be recognized when he comes back to Pittsburgh in February. They won’t be forgotten by those who appreciated him as a hockey player.
Fleury’s the face of Vegas and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Merci, Fleury.