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

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

Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

  Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

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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.

Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

  Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

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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 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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