It wasn’t easy, but Marc-André Fleury wrote a new page of history during the Minnesota Wild’s 4-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.
In fact, the Quebecer finally joined Patrick Roy in second place in National League history for most wins by a goalkeeper with 551.
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However, with more than a minute left in the third period, there was nothing to indicate that the Sorel-Tracy native would accomplish this feat, as his team trailed 3-2.
While Fleury went to the bench in favor of a sixth player, the latter had to return to his goal as Justin Danforth entered alone to score the insurance goal for the Blue Jackets.
However, Fleury made an incredible save by diving onto the ice. In the sequence that followed, the Wild regained possession of the puck and Marcus Johansson tied it to send both teams into overtime.
During extra time, the 39-year-old goalkeeper made an incredible glove save on Yegor Chinakov’s shot, allowing his club to stay in the game. In the end it was Marco Rossi who closed the books to give his team the victory.
In the loss, Cole Sillinger scored a hat trick for the Columbus team. Matt Boldy, twice, also scored for the visitors.
Bruins manhandle Lightning
The Boston Bruins won by a score of 7-3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Twelve Bruins players scored at least one point. Trent Frederic (two goals), David Pastrnak (one goal and one assist), Matthew Poitras (two assists) and Hampus Lindholm (two assists) added two points. Morgan Geekie, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy also turned on the red light for the local favorites.
The only positive point for the visitors was the performance of Nikita Kucherov, who scored a goal, in addition to adding two assists. Brayden Point was the other Bolts player who hit the target.
Andrei Vasilevskiy had another difficult night with six goals conceded on 26 shots. Linus Ullmark saved 23 times in victory.
Pettersson and Miller have fun against the Devils
Elias Pettersson and JT Miller had a successful night on offense in the Vancouver Canucks’ 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils.
The two catalysts of Vancouver’s offense each scored two goals and an assist. Pettersson finished his work day with a +4 differential, while Miller posted a +5 performance. Quinn Hughes was also an accomplice in three goals by his teammates.
For the home favorites, Colin Miller shook the ropes twice. Erik Haula and Brendan Smith were also successful.
Devils star Jack Hughes was not in uniform due to an injury suffered against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.