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Fleury’s ‘great performance’ sets Pittsburgh franchise record

May 6, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

Paul Martin called it a “great performance.”

Matt Niskanen said it was “the best I’ve seen him play.”

And according to Elias, it’s never been done before.

All of the above came after Marc-Andre Fleury‘s 35-save shutout in Game 3 of Pittsburgh’s second-round series against the Rangers. The clean sheet came on the heels of another — a 22-save blanking in Game 2 — which put Fleury in the record books, becoming the first-ever Penguins netminder to record consecutive shutouts in the playoffs.

Here’s more, from the Tribune-Review:

Just like in Game 2, Fleury was forced to contend with three consecutive New York power plays early on Monday. Although the Rangers are struggling mightily on the power play, they fired 10 shots at Fleury while with the man advantage.

He stood tall.

“He was obviously our best penalty killer tonight,” Adams said.

Fleury possessed a little bit of luck, too. Right wing Martin St. Louis hit the post while on the power play, and center Mats Zuccarello hit the crossbar on a play that was ultimately reviewed before being called no call. Fleury said the post and crossbar were his “good friends” on this night.

The rest of the Penguins weren’t buying any talk about luck.

“I’ve seen it since the beginning of the season,” defenseman Kris Letang said. “I’ve just felt so comfortable with him and the way he’s been playing. He was great tonight.”

Fleury has suddenly become a very compelling story, but now it’s for good play rather than poor. While his first-round struggles against Columbus were well-documented, his ability to rebound since the biggest gaffe — the 4-3 OT loss in Game 4 — has been most impressive. Fleury’s stopped 128 of 135 shots since then, good for a .948 save percentage, and has posted a 4-1 record.

Pretty solid efforts. So solid, in fact, that they drew praise from the opposition’s head coach.

“Marc-Andre Fleury is a good goalie,” Alain Vigneault said, per the Tribune-Review. “He’s won a Stanley Cup, been to two Finals.

“He’s one of the best in the league.”

  1. rushledger - May 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Reminds me of 2008 Fluery, great performance, defense isn’t leaving him out to dry either that’s huge too.

    • bencia823 - May 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      “defense isn’t leaving him out to dry”

      were we watching the same game? the defense left him out to dry on multiple occasions, but he (and the post) shut the rangers down every time there was a great chance

      • hockey412 - May 6, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        There are always missed assignments, etc., but they are at least crashing quickly when it happens.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Remember last week when he was the worst goalie to ever strap on the pads?

    Thanks media members!

    • bgrillz - May 6, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Every time Fleury allows a goal, or mishandles a shot, that idiot, Regis, always has to start talking about it too. Fleury looks shaky, he looks like he is going to meltdown. Shut up Reg!

  3. President Charles Logan - May 6, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    “You’ll be wrong….again. Beach Ball Fleury will slide into his usual self”….

    “broadstreetbeatdown – May 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM”

    • c9castine - May 6, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      yep. he sure did slide into his usual self.

      really good.

      • President Charles Logan - May 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        broadstreet backdoor boy is going to have something comical to say in response im sure

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 6, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      The meltdown is coming. Beach Ball will be arriving shortly. You can take that to the bank and quote me later on it, yinzer.

      • whammy87 - May 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        19…75…..19….75…..19…..75…

        how the golf game?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        2 goals 2013 and Dan Carcillo still has more goals than Crosby.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - May 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        1975 lol never heard that one before, you better hope the penguins never have a drought like that, otherwise they’ll be playing in kansas city or seattle, at least those cities would stay with their team through thick and thin unlike many of the ingrate penguins fans who don’t know how good they have it now but will soon, time waits for no man

      • President Charles Logan - May 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        your meltdown is on penns landing

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 6, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      You drunk again Chucky?

      • handsofsweed - May 6, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        Doesn’t matter. He just whooped every last bit of queef out of your candy a$$, though.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Oh look, its sweet hands another internet tough guy. You must’ve been beaten on a lot growing up to display such internet bravado. Relax Francis its just game.

      • President Charles Logan - May 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        i was a lil bit lit up last night yeah

  4. r8rbhawk - May 6, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Although I enjoy watching the Fleury who looks shaky and lets in soft goals, props to him for the back to back shutouts. These may never erase the memories of the MAF gaffes and the jokes about being the only flower to wilt in the Spring, but if it restores his own confidence the Pens will be a tough team to beat.

  5. c9castine - May 6, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    wheres broadstreetbeatdown?

    beach ball fleury is really seeing the puck like a beach ball these days!

  6. bencia823 - May 6, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Roy Hibbert should hire MAF’s sports psychologist lol

  7. theageofquarrel - May 6, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Fleury just teabagged the Rags for 2 straight games!!!!

  8. kastout11 - May 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Uh oh, here come the Pens I did not want to see. I cannot stand the Pens, but they have been great the last 2 games and Fleury looks like the best goalie in the NHL. It doesn’t help that in the playoffs, the Rangers had to play 5 games in 7 nights, bogus.

    • dirt2013 - May 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      They spend half of the 1st period on the PP and went 0 fer.That is their problem much more than 5 in 7.

  9. csilojohnson - May 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    already had a drought. almost lost team. almost. that is old news. havnt heard that one before…
    soo hows the local economy doing on the eastern side of PA? Philly is the anvil tied to Pittsburgh’s leg…. Dead weight…

  10. the8man - May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    In the regular season, momentum is game-to-game.

    In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s shift-to-shift.

    Who will shrink? Who will rise? Who will transcend obscurity to carry their teams? So much more to be written.

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