The NHL has been chock full of bounce back stories and unlikely stars so far in the 2013-14 NHL season. Lost among all the chatter of resurgence and new beginnings has been the strong play of Marc-Andre Fleury. The No. 1 goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins was seemingly left in a state of limbo after his awful performances against the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs forced head coach Dan Bylsma to pull him permanently in favor of Tomas Vokoun.
Vokoun and the Penguins came up short in the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins, and while goaltending wasn’t really the issue in that loss, you’d have to forgive Fleury if he views tonight’s contest with the B’s as an opportunity—As a chance to show Pittsburgh that his team could have downed Boston had he been on his game and in net.
With Vokoun on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Fleury has been the unquestionable go-to guy for the Pens so far this season. The goalie seems to have all of his confidence back, and his teammates seem to be able to tell a difference. Brandon Sutter spoke to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about Fleury’s strong play, and summed it up simply: “He’s just been so good. He’s keeping us in every game.”
With the Penguins seemingly losing players on a nightly basis to injury, Fleury has gone from question mark to anchor. Pittsburgh has leaned on the netminder heavily so far this season, and that won’t change any time soon. Look for him to be spectacular this evening as the Pens take on the B’s.