Though he’s no longer with the Golden Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury will forever be a massive part of Vegas hockey. Last night he won his 500th game in the NHL, a feat just two other goalies in NHL history have ever achieved.
117 of those wins came wearing a Golden Knights jersey and there’s no better day than today to relive the best of them. Here are my five favorites of the 500 wins in Marc-Andre’s illustrious career.
**Remember, playoff wins do not count in the 500, so we are sticking to just the regular season.**
February 22nd, 2021 – at Colorado
The Golden Knights were coming off an embarrassing loss at Lake Tahoe and were in danger of dropping their third game out of four to the Avs. But Fleury would have none of that. The Avalanche peppered the VGK goal early and often and Fleury kept them out time and time again. He ended up with a 34 save shutout and it was the moment he truly began his campaign for Vezina.
November 19th, 2019 – vs Toronto
This game is really all about one single moment. The diving save. Of course, Fleury was tremendous in the game as a whole, stopping 31 of 33 shots and leading the Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory, but his save on Nic Petan will forever live in VGK lore. Of all the iconic moments Fleury had while in Vegas, this is the one that will always be atop the list. Heck, they made statues of it and gave them away to fans.
October 13th, 2018 – at Philadelphia
The Golden Knights had lost the season opener to the Flyers at home and were struggling a bit to get going to start their second season. It was a tight game all the way through but late in the 2nd period, the Flyers got a breakaway while shorthanded. Scott Laughton made a move to go around Fleury, but then Flower dove back and somehow trapped the puck right on the goal line as Laughton tried to slide it in. It was one of the best saves of Fleury’s career and it almost instantly sparked a Vegas goal on the other end. Fleury ended the game with a 26 save shutout and VGK got their 2nd win of the season to improve to 2-4-0. It could have gotten ugly if they lost that game, but Fleury wasn’t going to allow it.
December 14th, 2017 – vs Pittsburgh
His first game against the Penguins was always going to be a massive one, but no one knew how it would actually go watching the former #1 overall pick play against the only franchise he knew before the Golden Knights. In typical Fleury fashion, he was electric. Like most of these games, there was a highlight moment involved as well. On a loose puck, Fleury skated out almost beyond the circles, dove, and knocked the puck back into the neutral zone to thwart a breakaway attempt. Then, he retreated to the goal with the biggest smile on his face.
October 6th, 2017 – at Dallas
How fitting that the #1 game on this list is also the first game Fleury ever played as a Golden Knight, the first game in franchise history. Everyone expected Vegas to be the laughingstock of the NHL and in the first game, if they had any other goalie in the world, they probably would have been. Fleury allowed just one goal on 46 shots and his 45 saves still stand as the most in a single game in franchise history. The city needed a hero at that moment, and there was no better hero than the one that emerged.
🌸 FLOWER POWER 🌸
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 10, 2021
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 10, 2021
I’ve been representing NHL players for 27 years and I’ve never seen anyone as universally loved as Marc-André Fleury. His smile lights up a dressing room. https://t.co/2J9zGdwZQS
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) December 10, 2021