Vegas Golden Knights goaltender and a 13-year member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization Marc-Andre Fleury became the tenth winningest goalie of all-time, Saturday by stopping 42 of 43 shots in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Fleury passed former Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis netminder Glenn Hall with his 408th victory.
Fleury trails former Penguins general manager Tony Esposito by 15 wins for ninth place.
Fleury, 33, was 29-13-4 last season with a 2.24 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in Vegas’ inaugural season. His GSAA (goals saved above average) was an astonishing 20.34. He finished fifth in Vezina Trophy voting. This season, Fleury is 4-3-0 with Vegas.
In 13 seasons with the Penguins, Fleury compiled a 375-216-68 record. He was the all-time winningest shootout goalie but is currently third all-time with 53 shootout wins. Henrik Lundqvist (56) and Ryan Miller (57) have since passed Fleury.
The Penguins made Fleury their first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, and first overall. His first NHL win was Oct. 10, 2003, over the Detroit Red Wings at the Civic Arena, 4-3. In that game, Fleury stopped 31 of 34 shots. For more fun, the Penguins scored two third period goals to win. The goal scorers were Ramzi Abid, Rico Fata (2), and Martin Straka. Dominik Hasek was the opposing goaltender.
Longtime New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is the all-time winningest goalie with 691 wins.
Saturday, Fleury outdueled Pittsburgh native John Gibson. Fleury currently leads the NHL with seven starts.