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Fleury Joins All-Star Game For 4th Time in Career

Goaltender Won Shootout Competition At Last Year's Event

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Marc-Andre Fleury is a superstar. He's also an all-star.

The Vegas Golden Knights goalie has been named an NHL All-Star for the upcoming league celebration in San Jose.

Fleury leads the NHL with 23 victories, 37 starts and six shutouts this season. He has posted a 23-10-4 record to go with a .912 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average.

This will be the fourth All-Star Game for Fleury, as he previously appeared in the 2011, 2015 and 2018 All-Star Games. Last year in Tampa, Florida, he won the shootout competition, stopping 14 consecutive shooters, and he helped lead the Pacific Division to victory. Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant, Fleury and former VGK winger James Neal shared in the $1 million prize as the Pacific Division won the all-star mini tournament.

"It's pretty cool. It's a good honor to be able to represent your team and be amongst these guys during that weekend, so I'm pretty proud to be picked," said Fleury. "It's very flattering. You know, you have a lot of fun being here all together with my team, and I take a lot of pride in my team winning games. That's what I want to do so I guess this means it's going well and hopefully we can keep it rolling till the end of the season."

Fleury has played more minutes than any other goalie and has been dominant in the Vegas Golden Knights climb up the NHL standings. Vegas sits second in the Pacific, third in the West and fifth overall.

Fleury has wins in 15 of his last 20 starts and only three regulation losses in that stretch. His save percentage has climbed to .912 while facing the third highest number of shots against in the NHL. The 34-year-old has made the second highest number of saves in the NHL. Fleury says he'll manage to mix having fun at the all-star weekend and getting some rest to prepare for the final push to the playoffs.

"Well with the way it is now, we go the weekend but then I get a few days after to get a little break so it isn't too bad," he said. "It's a fun weekend, you play with the best guys around the league. It's just good to keep it fun."

Jonathan Marchessault remains in the mix to join the Pacific Team as part of the Last Men In concept.

The Last Men In voting was designed to give the fans a chance to select the last player named to each of the four All-Star Game rosters. Marchessault, who will go up against seven other candidates from the Pacific Division, was dubbed the nominee for Vegas in the voting. Fans can vote once per day until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10 to push Marchessault through to his first All-Star Game selection of his career.

Fleury said he likes to keep it light at these events but once the pads go on, sometimes his competitive nature takes over.

"Maybe the shootout was a little more fun but once I started stopping five or six in a row, I thought I should start trying for real and a little more serious. During the game too, once in there you don't want to let your team down. It's just try your best and stop the puck."

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