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Video: Fleury gives crossbar some love after near-goal

May 5, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

As of this writing, Marc-Andre Fleury has been sensational in Game 3 and seems to be on a hot streak against the New York Rangers in general. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t been getting some luck, however.

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello came oh-so-close to scoring what would have been a crucial goal for his team in an unlucky second period for the Blueshirts, but it was not to be. Afterward, Fleury thanked his crossbar in a way that evokes memories of other goalies (such as Patrick Roy and Peter Budaj in this video) showing appreciation for their posts over the years.

Check out this montage of some of Fleury’s best work from the first two periods of Monday’s game, which includes that little bit of affection between goalie and crossbar:

The NHL’s Situation Room Blog explains the no-goal in case it was needed:

At 8:02 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/New York Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Pittsburgh net. Video review determined that the puck hit the crossbar and did not cross the Pittsburgh goal line. No goal New York Rangers.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Mcguire gives crosy’s bar some love too

    • steelcity333 - May 5, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      You really need to get a life. Pens are up 2-1 with back-to-back shutouts. Just deal with it.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Two dominating wins by the Pens against a real good hockey team very impressive that being said I think it gets tied up going back to Pitt

  2. chanceoffleury - May 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    There is no truer love than that found between a goalie and his crossbars.

  3. gbart22 - May 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    So happy for him he’s one of the few guys it’s easy to root for

  4. gbart22 - May 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    So happy for him he’s one of the few guys it’s easy to root for

  5. stixzidinia - May 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I don’t get it. This isn’t horseshoes. A shot off the post or cross bar would be a missed shot even if there were no goaltender in net.

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