Saturday, September 30, 2006
So, who IS Marc-Andre Fleury?
He was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 entry draft, becoming the third goalie in history to have been taken with the first pick (Michel Plasse, Rick DiPietro). He made his debut on October 10, 2003 against the Los Angeles Kings at Mellon Arena, where he underwent the goaltending equivalent of a colon exam. He faced 48 shots (46 saves) and stopped a penalty shot in a 3-1 loss.
He ended up playing 21 more games for the Pens that year, finishing with a 4-14-2 record.
Instead of working at Chick-Fil-A during the 04-05 lockout, Fleury spent the season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he posted a 26-19-4 record.
When 2005-06 rolled around, everyone in Pittsburgh thought it was going to be Fleury's coming out party as the Pens revamped their roster with some veterans and The Kid. Instead, Lemieux retired, Palffy quit and the Penguins faltered. Marc-Andre finished the season with a 13-27-6 record. His 3.25 GAA and .898 Save% were admirable considering he was playing behind the worst defense in the NHL.
Fleury looks slick when he makes a save with his picture-perfect technique, and looks like a terd when a third line doofus beats him over the left shoulder. We hope he makes some strides this year, but we also hope he doesn't get traded. Watching him dominate a playoff series in an Avalanche jersey is not something I'm ready to deal with.
MAF Career Game Log
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