It’s not been the start of the season Marc-André Fluery was hoping for. The Minnesota Wild goalie is a three-time Stanley Cup winner and has also won the Vezina Trophy on one occasion, but he has not looked like himself during the very beginning of the year.
His Minnesota Wild has been struggling, and so has Flower. Heading into last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators, he held a 2-1-1 record. That’s not too bad, but his numbers told a different story. He had a 4.30 GAA and a .869sv%, which does not really make him the league’s best goalie, just looking at the numbers.
Many believe that Fleury’s best days are behind him and that he’s perhaps not good enough anymore. But during the game against the Senators, he sent a strong message to his critics.
With under 20 seconds on the clock of the first period, the Senators had a golden opportunity to tie the game 2-2.
Derek Brassard set up Alex DeBrincat in front of the goal. Everyone watching thought it was a certain goal, but Fleury somehow managed to keep the puck out. The goalie looked beaten, but he got his glove up and somehow, the puck went out.
The save was so good even Alex DeBrincat was laughing about it after.
Sometimes, everything a goalie need is confident, and although Fleury’s start to the season has been a disappointment, this save shows he’s still got it. The save helped the Wild into a one-goal advantage going into the second period, but Fleury couldn’t grab this third win of the season. The Senators got back and eventually won the game 4-2.