Marc-Andre Fleury records his 16th career playoff shutout

Marc Andre Fleury (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Marc-Andre Fleury of Sorel, Quebec recorded his 16th National Hockey League career playoff shutout on Saturday. Fleury, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, made 35 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0 in game four of the West Division semi-final series from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the win, the Golden Knights now have a three games to one series lead in the best out of seven series.

Fleury, who has 10 career playoff shutouts with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and six career playoff shutouts with the Golden Knights, made 11 saves in the first period, 11 saves in the second period, and 13 saves in the third period. Kevin Fiala of St. Gallen, Switzerland led the Wild with six shots on goal. The Golden Knights won game four by four goals despite being outshot 35-18.

Offensively for the Golden Knights, Nicolas Roy of Amos, Quebec scored twice. He was one of two Canadians to have a multi-point game for Vegas as Keegan Kolesar of Brandon, Manitoba had two assists. Another Canadian scored for Vegas, as Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba had his third goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In four playoff games in 2021, Fleury has a record of three wins, one loss in extra time, a stingy goals against average of 0.99, and one shutout. You could argue that at age 36, he is producing the best goaltending of his NHL career.

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