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Fleury: Pens fans gave him a boost (and goosebumps)

Apr 26, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins fans might have booed Sidney Crosby during a portion of Game 5, but it sounds like they were supportive for the most part on Saturday. That seemed especially true for Marc-Andre Fleury, who sounded inspired after tonight’s 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Even with that confidence in mind, Fleury still isn’t cocky enough to risk leaving his net after that scarring Game 4 tying goal.

The 29-year-old stopped 23 out of 24 shots to help the Penguins take a 3-2 series lead. While there are plenty of people who probably still doubt the one-time Stanley Cup champion, it sounds like Mario Lemieux won’t need to console him for at least the next while.

Fleury and the Penguins have a chance to close out the Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday.

  1. gbart22 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I don’t like the penguins but fleury is so likable it’s hard not to want to see him do well and get people to leave him alone though they never will

  2. penguins87and71 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    I’m not saying this because I’m a Penguins fan, okay I kinda am, but I really want to see him do well, not only because It would really help the Penguins, but his also a great guy. Its really hard not to root against him.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Fleury looked calm in the net tonight. In years past you’d see him scramble around at times and look out of position but tonight was different. I believe the Sports Psychologist has payed off so far. Hopefully it continues.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Don’t forget, Mike Bales, the new goalie coach. It takes a village, my friend!

  4. johnnyd76 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I was very angry with MAF after the last game. But he managed to stay between the pipes and get the job done tonight. I think he is the gatekeeper as to how this team performs. When he is strong in net, the team senses his confidence and reacts in kind by raising their level of play. Tonight was no different. Congrats to MAF and the PENS. Let’s wrap this up in 6 guys!

  5. Hockeyfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Good, maybe not great game by Fleury. Great to hear the crowd cheer him on. The supposed booing of Crosby is overstated by the press. Ask those who were there.

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