That included a rocket from Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in the second period, a one-timer that had Ovechkin briefly celebrating because it seemed destined to snap the twine behind Fleury.
Except it didn’t. It went off the shaft of Fleury’s stick and out of play, in one of the wildest saves of the series.
Fleury robbed Ovechkin with the shaft of his stick, magnificent save (with a hint of luck) pic.twitter.com/hJfvnlibuC
— Shayne Pasquino (@shaynepasquino) May 11, 2017
Fleury, like all goalies, is renowned for being a big weirdo. He’s been known to have conversations with his goal posts and crossbar, thanking them for their inanimate efforts during games.
That apparently extends to his goalie stick. Here’s Marc-Andre Fleury, showing it some … um … er … appreciation.
That’s quite a smile of gratification Fleury had behind that mask. Over the save, we’re sure.
Fleury on rubbing his stick after the save on Ovehckin. "I was saying thank you." -SK
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) May 11, 2017
In what was a complete and total coincidence, the Verizon Center DJ played Billy Squier’s “The Stroke” during a stoppage in play soon after this. We wish we were joking.
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