As Matt Murray put together a terrific 47-save performance in the Pens’ 3-2 win over the Caps in Game 3 of their Second Round series on Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center, watching from the bench was Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Pens netminder was cleared for game action in the morning and dressed as the backup that evening. After missing 12 total games with a concussion suffered on March 31 against Nashville, Fleury was thrilled to be back in his gear down at ice level instead of a suit up in the press box.
At one point, the Pens showed Fleury on the videoboard to thunderous cheers – which he acknowledged with a wave and a smile.
“It was good just to have a normal game day routine, just being part of the team,” Fleury said. “Just taking the usual shots and being around the team all night was fun. It was normal and it was nice. I’m glad I got to cheer my teammates from the bench.”
If that is what Fleury continues to do with the way Murray has been playing, the veteran goaltender said he is fine with that.
“Matty has been playing great, we’ve been winning,” said Fleury, who pronounced himself good to play. “I’ll be practicing, trying to stay ready if they need me. As long as we win, that’s what matters.”