Last night, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played an absolutely stellar game in net. The Penguins obliterated the San Jose Sharks, winning 5-1 against one of the Western Conference’s best teams. Fleury, coming off one of his worst postseasons to date, stopped 44 of 45 shots. For a goalie who always seems to have confidence issues, it was an impressive performance.
Or, if you’re going by the Sharks’ opinions, it was “shaky.”
Here’s what Sharks forward Logan Couture thought about Fleury’s night:
“Stats aside, I don’t think Fleury was that good tonight. He gave up a lot of rebounds and a lot of shots he looked shaky on. We weren’t able to score on second chances.”
Interesting take. How about you, Joe Pavelski?
“He was fighting it all night. It felt like we could have had five.”
So, to sum it up; the Sharks put 45 shots on net, and Fleury stopped all but one. Yeah, sounds like it was a night when the Penguins goalie was clearly off his game.
Theoretically, after enduring a 5-1 beating, the Sharks should be focusing more on what went wrong on their end instead of calling out a goalie they only got one puck past. Maybe, and this is just because we’re on the topic of goalies, San Jose should be more concerned with the four goals their goalie, Antti Niemi, let up last night. For what it’s worth, Niemi was pulled from the game. Clearly he’s the rock-solid netminder Fleury should want to play more like.