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Videos- Goalie Issues Last Night

 

Fleury was not penalized.

 

 

Below, Jimmy Howard had a stick issue.

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A Three-Year Extension For Marc-Andre Fleury

 

added 11:55am, Vegas press release is below.

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Marc-Andre Fleury A Goalie “Under Siege”

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Marc Andre-Fleury might not be tired. But like last year and the year before, when he played well for Pittsburgh in the beginning of the playoffs and then handed off the reigns at the end, the Vegas goalie appears to be in need of relief.

The problem is the Golden Knights don’t have Matt Murray sitting on the bench. They have Maxime Lagace, who last played three months ago. So it’s up to Fleury, down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup final, to improve his game and try to save a series that is one more Washington win away from being over.

“His numbers look terrible, but if you broke down the goals he’s given up, it’s a lot of second or third opportunities or backdoor plays,” former NHL goalie Jamie McLennan, who is a hockey analyst for TSN, said in a telephone conversation on Tuesday. “We’ve never seen Vegas under siege like this.”

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Marc-Andre Fleury Has Been The Better Goalie In The Western Conference Final

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Through the first four games of the conference final, Hellebuyck has a 2.81 goals-against average and a pedestrian .897 save percentage.

Fleury’s stats: 2.28 GAA, .930 SP.

“He’s certainly been really good, and he’s made three saves each game that gives their crowd a reason to get on their feet, and rightfully so,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of Fleury. “He’s made three or four in both of these games (in Vegas). It’s an empty netter in (Game 3) or they’re one-goal games, so that feels like it’s the difference.

“You’ve got to assume that he’s going to get three or four of those a night and find a way to get the knucklers in that we need to have going for us.”

Fleury has come up with timely saves throughout the series, such as his diving stop on Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele midway through the third period of Game 3 to keep the Knights up by one goal.

In contrast, Hellebuyck was unable to bail out his teammates Friday, as Reilly Smith beat the Jets’ netminder short side for the winning goal with 6:58 remaining.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Was The Difference Last Night

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

He has played like a comic-book super hero all season and on Wednesday Marc-Andre Fleury looked like one, too.

At the biggest moment in the Vegas Golden Knights’ amazing first season, the goaltender robbed the National Hockey League playoffs’ hottest man, Winnipeg Jets’ sniper Mark Scheifele, with a pair of amazing saves halfway through the third period as his team won 4-2 Wednesday to move within two victories of the Stanley Cup Final.

With Winnipeg pressing for a tying goal, Fleury stretched with his right leg to somehow get a toe on Scheifele’s one-timer from the slot. Then, after the puck squirted back to the Jets’ star for a second point-blank chance and a lot of net open, Fleury got airborne and dived across his goalmouth to block the second shot with his body.

They were the saves of the series, maybe the saves of the season as the Knights took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final.

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Watch some of those save below.

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Marc-Andre Fleury’s Playoff Performance

from Terrence Doyle of FiveThirtyEight,

Up is down, left is right, and Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best goalie in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs — and he’s doing it for an expansion team from Las Vegas. And depending on how Fleury plays from now until the end of spring, he might go down as the goalie with the best playoff performance in NHL history.

Through his first 10 starts, Fleury — affectionately referred to as “the Flower” by fans and pundits — has pitched four shutouts. For his Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup,1 they have to win eight more games. If Fleury were to continue his current shutout pace of two in every five games — and conservatively assuming that the Golden Knights win each series in a sweep, limiting their netminder’s chances for shutouts — he’d tie Martin Brodeur for the most shutouts in a single Stanley Cup playoffs with seven. If the Golden Knights were to play the maximum number of games they could play for the remainder of the playoffs (14) and if Fleury continued his two in five shutout pace, he would finish with roughly 10 shutouts.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Continues to Shut the Door

The dazzling playoff performance from Marc-Andre Fleury continued on Monday as the three-time Stanley Cup champion stopped 38 of 41 shots, leading his Golden Knights to a 4-3 OT win and a 2-1 series lead over San Jose.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night - Marc-Andre Fleury

Here's your hat trick goal Mark Jankowski (he added his 4th later).

 

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Videos- Marc-Andre Fleury After Win #400

from the CP at TSN,

Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves to become the 13th goalie in NHL history with 400 career wins, and Ryan Carpenter scored the winning goal with 2:40 left to lead the Vegas Golden Knights over the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Monday night.

Erik Haula and William Karlsson also scored for the Pacific Division leaders, who won their third straight and completed a 4-1 road trip.

Fleury, who earned his first NHL win on Oct. 18, 2003, became the third active goalie to reach the milestone, joining Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist.

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Below, watch Fleury post-game.

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Mark-Andre Fleury Activated By The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (December 10, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, December 10, the following roster transactions: the team has activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the injured reserve list and has assigned goaltender Maxime Legace to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

Fleury missed 25 games after being place on the injured reserve list on October 14.  Prior to the injury, he made four starts in net for the Golden Knights and compiled a 3-1 record to go with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. The Sorel, Quebec native will be made available to media following practice on Monday, December 11.

Legace was recalled by Vegas on October 22 and appeared in 14 games for the Golden Knights, making 13 starts in net. He sported a 6-6-1 record to go with a 3.79 goals-against average and a .872 saving percentage. On Saturday, he earned the victory after making a career-high 36 saves in the team’s 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. The Saint-Augustin, Quebec native signed a one-year contract with Vegas on July 1, 2017.

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Goodbye To Pittsburgh

from Marc-Andre Fleury at The Players' Tribune,

Saying that the last few weeks have been bittersweet would be an understatement. As we reached the Stanley Cup finals, I knew very well that my time as a Penguin was nearing its end. I love to play. I love the game, and everything about it. Putting the mask on, diving around, stopping the puck, feeling the intensity of the game, feeling useful. I wish I could have been in net for my last game as a Penguin. But we raised the Cup, again, and it made all the sacrifices worthy. I felt proud — proud of my teammates for battling through injuries, for showing a lot of character, and for winning two years in a row. I am grateful that I had the chance to contribute to our success through the first rounds. And I feel very fortunate that the last time I have skated with a Penguins jersey, it will have been with the Stanley Cup in my hands. Not that it wasn’t an emotional moment.

Fourteen years. Nearly half of my life. I remember my first training camp, in September 2003, like it was yesterday. I was so nervous. There are so many expectations on a first-round pick, and I didn’t want to let anybody down. I just tried to do my best, and wanted to leave a good impression. But when you face Mario Lemieux in training camp, it can be quite intimidating, to say the least.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Says Goodbye To Pittsburgh

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury arrived at PPG Paints Arena Thursday afternoon for cleanout day knowing that this will likely be the last time he ever steps foot inside the Pens locker room.

Fleury, who has spent the past 12-plus seasons as the Pens' franchise goaltender, has a face - and a smile - that has become as synonymous with Pittsburgh hockey as Sidney Crosby or Mario Lemieux.

"It's been such a long time, a great ride," Fleury, 32, said. "I've met a lot of good people. This feels like home for me."

Fleury has tried his best not to think of the future, wherever that may be. The emotions are too strong.

"I tried not to too much because as you can see, I'm struggling with this," Fleury said with red eyes. "I just tried to enjoy the moment. I tried to remember the good times."

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Marc-Andre Fleury Has Been The Difference Maker

from Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Marc-Andre Fleury savored the sweat that ran down his face after Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Washington in Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

This time a season ago, his brow remained pretty dry as he watched Matt Murray propel the Penguins' Stanley Cup run. He became available in Game 3 of 2016's second-round series against the Capitals only to watch Murray put together a 47-save effort. Hopes of reclaiming the starting job looked pretty bleak after that.

At no point in this series or the previous one did Fleury present these playoffs as a redemption tour. His performance refuses to go by any other name, though. He finished with 36 saves in Game 4. He matched or exceeded 30 saves for the eighth time since the start of the playoffs.

Murray needed to stop 30-plus pucks just six times all of last postseason. But that was when the Penguins dictated terms with possession. Fleury has shined for a very different version of the team, one that arguably is far more reliant on the performance of its goaltender.

And that's still just fine by Fleury.

“I don't mind it,” he said. “I just go out and try to stop the next one. Sometimes I like to see more shots than others. I like the action. I like to contribute.

“I thought our guys did a good job of blocking them and letting me see the puck.”

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What Will The Pittsburgh Penguins Do With Marc-Andre Fleury?

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

With Matt Murray starting the team's last seven games, though, it's clear Fleury has been relegated to backup status. If that situation is more than the 32-year-old goaltender can stand and he would prefer a trade to a place he can play more regularly, Rutherford said he will listen.

“The one thing I'll have to watch for and keep the lines of communication open with the player is, is he OK with the situation that he's in?” Rutherford said. “Going back to last year and to this point in time, he has handled it like a true pro. No issues at all. It may play out that we may be able to go right through having two top goalies on our team. We just have to keep an eye on what direction Marc wants to go here in the next few weeks.”

Fleury's agent, Allen Walsh, said via text message Thursday that he had no comment on which direction his client wanted to go.

Whichever scenario comes to pass, Rutherford said he'll make every effort to do right by the franchise's winningest goalie who has been a cornerstone of the team for more than a decade.

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What To Do With Marc-Andre Fleury?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The GM spoke a bit with Fleury this week. "We met briefly, but not really in depth as to what the situation is,’’ said Rutherford.

The bottom line is this: I don't think there are enough starts in Pittsburgh to appease both goalies. Would Fleury like to figure out his future this summer, or is he willing to wait another year until the expansion draft? One would think he’d want this settled now. But I don’t know that. Fleury has a full no-move clause and a partial no-trade clause, so his camp has a say in his future.

Teams looking for a starting goalie -- hello Calgary Flames! -- should consider Fleury. While the Anaheim Ducks' Frederik Andersen is appealing because he’s only 26 and still growing into a No. 1, he’s not accomplished like Fleury, who has two Cups under his belt and is coming off a regular season during which he was once again a top-five goalie in the league.

more on Fleury plus some talk on a few big name UFAs...

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Afternoon Line- Eric Duhatschek On Marc-Andre Fleury

"At this stage of Marc-Andre Fleury's career I have a hard time believing Murray is the guy they're making available. They're going to have cap issues going forward, every team does that has high-end guys like [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin that you're committed to for a long, long period of time.

"I think what you'll see is that, if they announce the expansion draft in June in Las Vegas, that will be one of players whose names will be out there. People [in Calgary] are gonna have to evaluate... is Marc-Andre Fleury the guy you need to get you to the next point?"

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail via Sportsnet (Sportsnet 960 The Fan) where you can read more on this.

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Marc-Andre Fleury May Be Close To A Return

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

As much as Fleury was the spine of the team during the regular season, how does it make sense for coach Mike Sullivan and the rest of the Pittsburgh braintrust to disrupt the run their team is on by banishing Murray to the pines?

For the record, Sullivan said Fleury is making “significant progress,” adding that he still remains “day-to-day.”

“We’re obviously a better team when he’s part of it,” Sullivan said. “We rely heavily on our medical staff and the doctors. That’s where we’re at at this point.”

Having said that, Sullivan also heaped praise on Murray.

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All Marc-Andre Fleury

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Any update on his status:

“Pffffff ... that's a good answer right? ... Just getting back out there. Trying to get a sweat and to stop some pucks. See how it goes throughout the day.”

Are you still experiencing symptoms:

“Yeah."

On trying to stay positive:

“Oh, it's one of the toughest things I've been through. Some good days and you think you're back. And some bad days you think it's never going to get fixed. A lot of ups and downs. Being the playoffs, it's such a fun time of year to play hockey. Every game is so intense, meaningful. It's tough to just be watching but you just got do deal with it, fix it up and cheer on the guys."

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A Concussion For Marc-Andre Fleury

added 11:22am,

 

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Marc-Andre Fleury At The Top Of His Game

from Shelly Anderson at ESPN,

He carries his goalie stick with him for this relatively new part of his pregame routine. Fleury tries to relax, thinks about the upcoming game, goes over how he wants to play. It's sort of a meditative pep talk, but he does not include his stick in the conversation.

"No, no," Fleury said, laughing. "I just feel lonely, so I want to have something [with me]. We don't talk that much. I talk more to the posts. Sometimes I bang on them, and sometimes they're good."

Fleury is goofy like that. He also is serious about his craft like that. A season of milestones is shaping up as a career year for Fleury, and while that has been a cause celebre, there is little question that there are critics lying in wait should the Pittsburgh goaltender falter, particularly in the playoffs.

A survey of social media, end-of-article reader comments, sports talk show calls and the like reveals that Fleury has taken a lot of blame for the Penguins' failure to win another Stanley Cup, or even return to the finals, following their 2009 championship. His playoff record since that Cup win is 21-22.

Certainly, there seems little to no room for harsh judgments this season. The Penguins are leading the Eastern Conference, and Fleury has been arguably their best and most consistent player, putting up Vezina-like numbers.

Coming out of the weekend, he ranked second in the NHL with 19 wins, fifth with a 1.97 goals-against average, tied for third with a .933 save percentage and first with six shutouts. He has already surpassed his career high for shutouts in a season and is one shy of tying Tom Barrasso's club record, and he is operating at a better pace than his career bests for a season of a .921 save percentage and 2.32 goals-against average.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Fine Tunes His Mental Game

via Sportsnet,

After having his skills questioned, Marc-Andre Fleury turned to an uncommon method to improve his game.

Christine Simpson with the report...

 

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So the Blue Jackets won a playoff game…

"For serious," Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in double overtime, tying the teams' first-round series at one--and the Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit en route to their first playoff win:

Matt Calvert had 2 goals, David Savard had 2 assists, as Don Cherry pointed out, Brandon Dubinsky had 9 shots and 8 hits, and both goaltenders were stellar--Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 of 44 and Sergei Bobrovsky(!) stopped 39 of 42 in his victory.

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Marc-Andre Fleury flashes the leather, stops Karlsson

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made a fantastic save on Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson en route to a 2-1 Penguins win on Monday night:

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Day/Night Candidate - Fleury Gives Up A Long One

Alex Edler gets the goal, from center ice...

Game is tied at this point, 1-1 after the first period.

 

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Fleury Or Vokoun?

From a fantasy point of view...

from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,

While everything seemed to come crashing down for Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fantasy owners would be wise not to hold his postseason struggles against him when they're looking for goaltending this season.

Fleury got a vote of confidence from Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma in June, which indicates he'll be in position to reclaim the team's starting job. If that's the case, he certainly deserves top-15 consideration among fantasy goalies heading into 2013-14 -- despite the negative perception surrounding his value these days.

Didn't backup Tomas Vokoun clearly outplay Fleury in the playoffs? Doesn't the fact that Fleury has struggled in each of the past four postseasons hurt his fantasy value?

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Not The Best Of Times For Marc-Andre Fleury

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

First, his team shunned him. Now, his country.

Could the entire world be next?

“The Olympic thing, I'm not going to make too much of,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero, busy with Team USA and not inclined to opine on Team Canada, which invited five goalies not named Fleury to its tryout camp. “But if he takes something personal, good for him.”

Good for him, indeed. Maybe it's time Fleury got ticked off. It's time for him to take more ownership of his career and reclaim his lost reputation as a big-game goalie.

The Penguins are making the right move in retaining Fleury, for these reasons:

• He's still young (28) and highly productive in the regular season. This isn't exactly the golden age of goalies, you know. After Henrik Lundqvist, who has yet to play for a Cup, there aren't many goalies sporting lengthy resumes that scream, “franchise player!” At least you can pencil in Fleury for 35-plus wins.

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Video- A Bad Night For Marc-Andre Fleury

Islanders and Penguins now tied 2-2 in the series.

You have to think Vokoun gets the start in game 5 for the Penguins.(Nabokov wasn't great either, but good in the 3rd when it counted the most.)

Here is goal #6 given up by Fleury tonight.

 

 

And below, watch the 3rd goal given up by Fleury.

He just is off his game and maybe a night off will do him good.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleuy Injured Tonight

Fluery did not return for the 3rd period and no update on his status.

 

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Takes An Elbow To His Head

Teammate Paul Martin delivered the elbow on this goal.

Fleury played the remaining two minutes of the period but was replaced to start the 3rd.

He was on the bench and reports are he was not pulled do to injury.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Continues To Win

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Here’s one way to gauge the value of a player:

Ask a couple of teammates where the club would be without him.

“That’s a tough question,” Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said Monday of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “He’s been playing great. He’s a big part of it.”

That would be a big part of the Penguins’ run to 44 points in 35 games, among the best in the NHL, despite injuries galore.

Every defenseman who started the season on the major league roster, among others, has missed least one game. And even though center Evgeni Malkin is in contention for the league points championship and winger James Neal is vying for the goal title, the Penguins would hate an “It’s a Wonderful Life” version of themselves without their franchise goalie.

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A Second Look at Goalies

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In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.

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Forget The Hart Trophy, Think Conn Smythe Tropy For Marc-Andre Fleury

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I have a better award in mind for Fleury.

Conn Smythe Trophy.

You know, as playoffs MVP.

It’s an easy call, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t prefer the Smythe? I’m starting to think it could be Fleury’s year. The way he’s tending goal, it’s not hard to picture him leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup.

With the great Crosby, certainly. But maybe even without him.

Crazy?

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The Posing Goalies

First it was Carey Price last week, last night Marc-Andre Fleury struck a pose.

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Evening Line

“I’m trying to make the best of things.  I try to come in every day and start over again, wiping (the slate clean). But it’s not easy.

“Maybe I’m just thinking a bit too much out there. I don’t know. I just try to put all the bad things behind me.

“I’ve been through a lot of stuff before, so I think it helps having been through those things.”

“I don’t think it’s been so much a technique thing. It’s been more the little things. I look over the tapes with my goalie coach and you can see it’s not just one thing.”

-Marc-Andre Fleury, goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More on Fleury from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

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Fleury Stars In Montreal

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Turns out there are two pretty good goaltenders in the Penguins-Montreal Canadiens playoff series after all.

Marc-Andre Fleury showed up here Tuesday night at his hometown Bell Centre, made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, not to mention a 2-0 win in Game 3.

Please tell me you aren’t surprised.

“He’s a gamer,” Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. “He wins games.”

Is there a better compliment for any athlete?

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Why Boo Fleury?

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There are days I can’t help but feel embarrassed for Pittsburgh sports fans.

This is one.

Not all of the fans, of course.

Those at Mellon Arena who gave Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury a mock cheer Friday night for stopping a puck early in the 2-1 Game 2 win against the Ottawa Senators.

You know who you are.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

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All Marc-Andre Fleury

A quick Q & A from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

On the slumps of Sidney Crosby and the team:

“I let him score a couple in practice to make him feel good. (Laughs). No, he’s very confident. For all of us, it’s a little bit tough. After the start we’ve had its frustrating. But we’ve got to get ourselves together.”

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Crosby & Fleury Today

Q.      What do you think it is about home ice advantage in the series that’s allowed every team to win the home game? Is it that important a match-up series in your mind?

        SIDNEY CROSBY:  No, I mean, it’s the way things have played out. But I think every game has been close up to the last game. So, you know, why, I don’t really know. But I think all the games have been fairly close.

        Q. Safe to say based on that though, if you’re going to be facing elimination game to be doing it for the first time in this series on home ice is a lot more favorable?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, either way you’re going to be desperate whether you’re at home or on the road. And they’re going to want to finish things off. It’s the same for them, too. So I don’t think it has any bearing at this point. Both teams have had to win both at home and on the road to get to this point anyway. So I don’t think anybody really reads into it too much at this point.

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Fleury Must Be Great

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

He is their last line of defence and come Tuesday, he may very well be their last hope.

If the Pittsburgh Penguins want their Stanley Cup dream to remain a reality, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury better be prepared to parry the flurry the Detroit Red Wings will throw at him in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena.

Behind 3-2 to the Wings following a stunningly-lopsided 5-0 setback Saturday in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, it all comes down to this:

Fleury must be huge. He must be virtually impenetrable.

Otherwise, for the second straight spring, the Penguins get to watch Detroit players parade the Stanley Cup around their house.

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Osgood vs. Fleury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the Stanley Cup final starts tomorrow night in Detroit, though, Osgood and Fleury will be the last two goaltenders standing. And they are tied for first place in the most important category of this year’s playoffs at 12 wins each.

This is the second consecutive showdown in the Cup final for them, with Osgood and the Wings handily winning the best-of-seven series in five games a year ago to win his third Stanley Cup ring. However, Osgood, 36, is regarded as a veteran who has had the good fortune to play for a great team for most of his career while Fleury, 24, is considered another of the great young talents on the star-studded Penguins roster.

“With Chris Osgood, if you look at history, when he’s played on teams that are not so good [St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders], he’s been not so good,” said Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators. “But there is something about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, like playing for the New York Yankees, that makes players elevate their games in response to everyone else.

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Fleury The Difference

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

This is a big-time goaltender, folks.

Like all of ‘em, Fleury gives up a bad goal here and there. It happened in the Washington series and the Philadelphia series before that.

But like only the truly great ones, Fleury makes the huge saves when they mean the most. That’s why you can’t just look at his statistics, which couldn’t match Ward’s coming into the series. Against Philadelphia, the big stop came in the third period of Game 2 when Fleury stopped center Jeff Carter with a fabulous skate save, giving the Penguins a chance to win in overtime. Against Washington, it was stealing the Capitals’ great Alexander Ovechkin blind early in Game 7 with a glove save that led directly to the Penguins’ 6-2 win.

Then, last night.

Fleury was a wall early in a 0-0 game, making great saves on Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen during a Carolina power play. He robbed center Chad LaRose in the second period, somehow stopping his backhander after a rebound. And he was big late, diving to make a save that prevented Staal from scoring the tying goal in the final 30 seconds.

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Fleury Finding His Game

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...instead of a meltdown, Washington got the best of Fleury’s best from that moment on. He stopped legendary sniper Sergei Federov. He foiled an excellent chance for Mike Green, the league’s top-scoring defenseman. He stopped two more in overtime, the last when Green fired a Brooks Orpik giveaway at him with 0:08 left.

“He’s been that way the whole trip,” said center Max Talbot, who helped kill three power plays against the league’s second-best unit. “We really needed him on the penalty kill today. I don’t think he played any better today, he’s just been better the whole trip. This was a big team effort but I feel good for him because when you’re going bad, the goalie always gets the worst of it.”

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Fleury Practices With Penguins

via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury practiced with his teammates for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15.

Fleury had been taking shots in pre-practice sessions with the Penguins for the past week but participated in a full team practice, splitting time with John Curry, for the first time since the injury.

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Fleury Signs 7-Year, $35 Million Contract with Penguins

TSN:

Sources tell TSN Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a 7 year, 35 million dollar extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Update 3:39pm ET: Press release from the Penguins is below…

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Penguins Finalizing Long-Term Deal with Fleury

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

While a few issues—like whether the deal will cover five or six seasons—still must be resolved, all major hurdles to an agreement have been cleared.

“I’m hopeful that in the next couple of days, something will work out there,” said Shero, the Penguins’ general manager.

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Penguins Going to Arbitration with Fleury

From the Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to file for salary arbitration with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Arbitration hearings are set by the National Hockey League and take place from July 20 to August 4.  Both sides can continue to negotiate a contract until that time.  As a result of the filing, the Penguins retain his rights and he will not become a restricted free agent on July 1.

 

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Fleury at Fault

From Stan Fischler at Game On,

Let’s not get carried away with the Marc-Andre Fleury phenom stuff. One prominent goalie coach tells us that if anyone cost Pitt the series, it was the Pens’ netminder. “He started the series badly and that’s how he ended it—with two terrible goals in Game Six. The second [rebound] goal was bad and he had no business letting the puck go through his legs before he eventually knocked it in on the winner. By contrast, Chris Osgood made the saves that he had to make.” The bottom line on Fleury is simple; his consistency is missing.

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Off-Day Quotes From Fleury and Sykora

Q. Marc-Andre, someone was telling me that you might have given Al the octopus guy a little squirt with water just as he was doing his twirling thing. If that’s the case, can you describe what the deal was with that?

        MARC-ANDRE FLEURY: It was an accident. I just missed my mouth by a little bit. (Laughter) Yep. I don’t know, it was just at the game he does it to us. And after the first two games, I thought I’ll give him a little something back. And we won, so it’s good.

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Looking for Offense

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

The way Marc-André Fleury sees it, the path to success for the Pittsburgh Penguins is simple: “If I can stop more pucks and we score more goals, we’ll be all right.”

But those few words mask a world of hurt for the Penguins, who need to win Monday to prevent the Detroit Red Wings from winning their first Stanley Cup since 2002. The Red Wings have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NHL championship series thanks to their efficient 2-1 win over the Penguins on Saturday night.

Actually, Fleury could have left himself out of the above equation. His work in the Penguins goal in the last two games was above reproach. It is the work of their offence in all four games so far that is wanting.

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*Fleury highlights can be seen at the NHL Network Online.

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Penguins Sunday Quotes

The transcript of a short interview with Marc-Andre Fleury today. 
Update 2:58pm ET: Sidney Crosby transcript has been added below
Update 4:48pm ET: Marian Hossa and Jordan Staal have been added below.
Update 4:55pm ET: Darryl Sydor has been added.

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Q.      Do you expect any nerves?  You guys haven’t been in a situation where the Cup is in the building?

        MARC‑ANDRE FLEURY:  Well, we’ll be pretty excited.  It’s a good reason for us to not quit and keep playing hard and trying to have every chance for Pittsburgh.

 

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