Sidney Crosby said Thursday he was glad his former team-mate Marc-Andre Fleury had reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Golden Knights of Vegas
"I'm glad me for him ", Pittsburgh The captain of the penguins told The Athletic. "He has a lot of fun, you can tell, and as a friend who has played with him for a long time, it's great to see he's fine, he's a great person who works very hard and a lot the success of his team. " now.
Fleury will attempt to win the Stanley Cup for the third consecutive season after two consecutive championships with Pittsburgh, starting with Game 1
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Fleury, who was selected No. 1 in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Penguins, played his first 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and won 375 games and the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017) before being unprotected and was selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
"I think he was certainly motivated," Crosby said. "Goalkeepers are mental and competitive, you have to take the position. [Fleury] is the same, he believes in himself and loves the game. He wants to be there and help the team make the big saves. That's exactly what he's doing right now, they're playing some great hockey and he's saving big. "
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Fleury had a career with the NHL. Best save percentage (.927) and goals – against average (2.24) with the Golden Knights in the regular season. The 33-year-old leads the Stanley Cup playoffs with 1.68 GAA, 947 save percent and four shutouts.
Vegas is four wins from the second team in NHL history to the Stanley Cup in its first season (Toronto Arenas in 1918, first NHL season)
"He is the most experienced guy in the room with most of the cups, "said Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford to The Athletic. "He's the type people want to be with, because he's positive, he's happy he's lucky, and he comes to work and wins." It's very understandable when I [Golden Knights general manager George McPhee] and I started Talking, I said then: He will be the face of your franchise, he will lead your team. "
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