Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is stealing the show in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.
The first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured lots of scoring. Washington and Boston combined for five goals on Saturday while Pittsburgh and New York combined for seven earlier on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild have been having trouble scoring, as they’ve gone over 50 minutes without anyone scoring. Both Cam Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury have been outrageously good, but it’s the latter who has been stealing the show.
Talbot made some outstanding saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless as the Knights outshot the Wild 19-5. Fleury has been quite active in the second and third periods. Let’s take a look at just a few of his absurd saves.
This is what most goalies would consider a career highlight reel. Fleury has always had a flair for the dramatic. With his impressive athleticism and skill, he can make the toughest saves look routine. This is what Fleury looks like when he’s truly on his game and it’s why Vegas coveted him in 2017 at the expansion draft.
Marc-Andre Fleury’s carrying Vegas
The Golden Knights wanted Fleury to be their backbone both on and off the ice. So far, he has exceeded those expectations. He came to the Golden Knights after one of the worst seasons of his career. But Fleury has had a revival in Vegas, helping his team reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first year as a franchise.
Fleury currently ranks third all-time in regular season wins with 492. The only two goalies with more wins than him are Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. He also ranks sixth in career postseason wins with 81. Roy is the career leader with 151.
The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs have had some memorable moments so far. But it’s going to be hard for anyone to outdo Fleury at this point.