Sport Fleury soaks in experience of setting Penguins' playoff wins record

07:35  21 april  2017
07:35  21 april  2017 Source:   theScore

Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets

  Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups (four) as the Blue Jackets have postseason wins (two)? Sure, it looks nice in a trophy case, but those things are designed to celebrate the past.

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending records . Career. Most Games Played 653 Marc-André Fleury . Most Penalty Minutes 60 Andy Brown - 1973-1974. Career Playoffs . Most Wins 56 Tom Barrasso. Most Losses 45 Marc-André Fleury .

Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't scheduled to make any playoff starts for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year.

Expected to serve as backup to Matt Murray, who backstopped the team to a Stanley Cup win in 2016, Fleury was pressed into action against the Columbus Blue Jackets when the incumbent fell prey to injury prior to the start of the postseason.

Four victories later, Fleury has set a club record for career playoff wins, passing Tom Barasso.

Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1

  Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1 Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. BOX SCORE: PENGUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1Murray was scheduled to get the nod in the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury during warm-ups. Fleury withstood an early push by Columbus, and the Penguins responded by pulling away from the untested Blue Jackets.Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh.

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Fleury may not have many starts for the Penguins left in his future, depending when Murray is able to return, how far the team goes in the playoffs, and whether he's moved in the offseason, whether by trade or through the expansion draft.

As such, he's making sure to take it all in while he can.

"Once you realize you don't know what's coming for you, you just try to enjoy it," Fleury said after Game 5, per Wes Crosby of NHL.com.

"To be here at home, in front of our fans, and to be able to get that win ... I still get butterflies and goosebumps."

Fleury's 57th playoff win came in his 105th appearance since 2007.

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Penguins and Capitals have been here many times before .
Stunning things happen during the Stanley Cup playoffs every year, and 2017 has been no exception. Who foresaw Nashville limiting Chicago’s high-octane offense to three goals in four games?Or the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 finishers in the regular-season standings being jettisoned in Round 1?Or Boston accumulating five delay-of-game minors in its final two games against Ottawa?Not everything, however, is chaotic and unpredictable in the spring.Exhibit A: The Penguins are preparing to face Washington in a best-of-seven series, beginning at 7:38 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Center.

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