Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been chosen to participate in his second NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.
Fleury’s first All-Star appearance came in the 2011 game in Carolina. He joins previously-selected Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
The All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, followed by the All-Star Game at 5 p.m. the following day, also on NBC Sports Network.
Fleury is in the midst of a career year this season, already posting a personal-best and league-leading six shutouts while ranking fourth in the NHL with 22 wins, sixth with a 2.16 goals-against average and seventh with a .926 save percentage. Both his goals-against average and save percentage would represent career highs.
Fleury’s 22 wins this season marks the seventh-consecutive year, and eighth time overall, that he has reached that number, with both extending his own club records.
Among the highlights of Fleury’s first half was his 300th NHL victory on Nov. 24 at Boston when he became the third-youngest (29 years, 361 days) and third-fastest (547 games) goalie in NHL history to reach that milestone.
Fleury also had back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career Oct. 30 versus Los Angeles and Nov. 1 against Buffalo, a sequence that coincided with his career-long 164:22-minute shutout stretch from Oct. 28-Nov. 6.