Marc-Andre Fleury was a crucial bit of the puzzle for a Penguins team that went 12-1-2 in December, the fourth time in club history that Pittsburgh has won that many diversions inside a logbook month.
Fleury was remunerated for his solid play by being named the NHL’s ‘Third Star of the Week.’
A week ago, Fleury was perfect 3-0, permitting only five objectives to post a 2.13 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
Against the Canadiens on New Year’s Eve, in his last begin, before the Penguins started their bye week, Fleury made 37 spares in the 4-3 extra time win, the 6th time in his 21 starts that he’s made at least 35 or more saves.
Three days earlier, Fleury entered alleviation of an injured Matt Murray and stopped all 19 shots he faced in the third period of the Penguins’ NHL-driving seventh third-period rebound win of the season, 3-2, against Carolina.
Taking a gander at the greater picture, Fleury went 6-0-1 amid the month of December, while ordering a .929 save percentage.
For the season, Fleury (12 wins) and Murray (13 wins) are one of only two goaltending pairs to both record double digit win sums, joining Chicago’s Corey Crawford (13 wins) and Scott Darling (10 wins).