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Penguins' Fleury allows seven goals in second period

by Arpon Basu

COLUMBUS -- All goalies arrive at All-Star Weekend ready to look bad.

But Marc-Andre Fleury didn't know quite how bad he would look.

The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie allowed seven goals in 20 minutes of work in the second period of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, playing a key part in the Team Toews and Team Foligno combining to score an All-Star record 11 goals in the period.

"In the dressing room after the second period I heard on TV that seven goals [allowed] in a period was a record," Fleury said. "It was long, the longest 20 minutes of my career. We're at the game to have fun, but that was starting to get frustrating. Normally I would get pulled long before giving up seven goals. I gave up six goals after only 10 minutes, I was afraid I'd wind up allowing 12."

It got so bad for Fleury that at one point he went over to Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo for some encouragement, even though Luongo was sitting on the opposing bench.

"He came to the bench to talk to me. I don't know if that was a sign or what," Luongo said. "It's too bad, especially when his first two shots went in. It's tough to go in a game like that in the second period with no warm-up and get scoring chances like that. But it's an All-Star Game, I think he's strong enough mentally to get past this."

Fleury followed Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in the Team Foligno net after Price allowed four goals on 16 shots in the first period. According to Price, Fleury appeared to handle the situation well.

"You know how Marc is, he's a very humorous guy," Price said. "He took it all in fun and was a good sport about it."

Still, there were many people on Team Toews taking pity on Fleury, who has been one of the top goaltenders in the NHL all season. The fans Columbus were not among them, but the opposing captain was.

"[Jonathan] Toews must have felt bad because he came to talk to me at the end of the second period," Fleury said. "He's a good guy."

Fleury managed to get a final shot in at the Columbus fans, many of whom began to cheer every time he made a save or even handled the puck on dump-ins. When asked what his memories were of playing in Nationwide Arena during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, Fleury paused for a moment to think about it.

"Winning," he finally responded.

And the crowd?

"I remember them being quiet at the end when we won," Fleury said.

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