Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres was full of milestones for the Penguins in an 8-3 victory at the CONSOL Energy Center.
It was especially memorable for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
, who became just the second goalie in Penguins' history to notch 200 wins (Tom Barrasso, 226).
Fleury became the fourth-youngest netminder to win 200 games since the expansion era, and among active goaltenders, Fleury is the second youngest to reach the milestone trailing only the Devils’ future hall of famer Martin Brodeur.
“It’s pretty cool,” Fleury said. “You don’t really think about it when you come in the league, but I’m fortunate to play with many good players and many good teams.”
Fleury, who stopped 23 of 26 shots against Buffalo, has become the fifth active goalie to reach 200 wins in fewer than 400 games (393).
The veteran goalie has been a solid player for the Penguins, which has been the major contributor to their success amidst numerous injuries.
He’s an extremely talented goaltender, but the consistency he showed last year and again this year has really been a big part of the confidence to go out and know you’re going to be in hockey games and know you’re going to have a chance at every hockey game. - Dan Bylsma
“He’s an extremely talented goaltender, but the consistency he showed last year, and again this year, has really been a big part of the confidence to go out and know you’re going to be in hockey games and know you’re going to have a chance at every hockey game,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.
Fleury’s consistency has seen him start in 26 of the 33 games played so far this season and a record of 16-7-2. He is on pace to tie his career high with 40 wins projected over 67 games.
Continually being the rock of the Penguins’ roster throughout his career has allowed Fleury’s name to be spoken alongside the best in the game.
“I think he’s right up there at the top of the league with the best goalies,” Bylsma said.