The end is probably near for Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. At 36-years-old, the game’s most affable player understands the hands on the watch are ticking faster, so he’s enjoying his time more. From the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vegas Golden Knights, from Stanley Cup winner to backup to franchise face, from backup again to hero, Fleury only smiles about his journey.
And most of us do, too.
Canadian outlet and NHL rights holder Sportsnet got Fleury together with his former Penguins teammate Colby Amrstrong for chat about his career, his Vezina nomination, which Golden Knights player reminds him of Armstrong and his favorite prank.
Oh, and the gray hairs.
Trust me boys, they don’t go back and they multiply. At least the ones that stick around.
This season, Fleury shined. In a career year that has not yet ended, he posted career bests in goals-against average (1.98) and save percentage (.928). The last time Fleury posted a save percentage above .920 was in 64 starts for the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins, which ironically was the beginning of the end for his Penguins career as a late season injury allowed Matt Murray to take over the net en route to the 2016 Stanley Cup win.
Fleury fidgeted a bit when “Armdog” asked about those times and being a backup.
Of course, the interview was mostly high points and teammates chirping each other. It was Armstrong’s hockey bag that Fleury famously stuffed himself inside to scare th daylights out Armstrong. And what Penguins fan doesn’t remember the hotel pranks for which Fleury was famous?
Fleury and the Golden Knights won Game 1, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2. The NHL Semifinal is tied 1-1. Games 3 and 4 will be in Fleury’s hometown of Montreal beginning Friday.
The boys had a good time. You can watch it below. Sportsnet video embeds are always small, so click the little square in the bottom right corner for full screen.