NHL: Marc-André Fleury surpasses Patrick Roy for second place in all-time wins

Marc-André Fleury added a new page to the great book of his career by signing number 552my career win Monday night in a 5-0 win for the Minnesota Wild over the New York Islanders.

With this win, Fleury surpassed his idol Patrick Roy by 2my He is among the winningest goaltenders in NHL history.

Under the chants of the public chanting his name, Fleury was warmly received by his teammates at the end of the game.

“I’m happy I did it,” Fleury said with that broad smile we know so well. “We can stop talking about it. It’s about time he won that one. It’s an honor for me to be in Minnesota, in front of these fans. They were amazing tonight. »

For the occasion, Fleury made 21 stops to sign the 74my career shutout victory, putting him two shutouts behind Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour, who share 10my range of history in this chapter.

“I didn’t want to bring bad luck, so I didn’t think much about the shutout. It hasn’t been easy lately, but we have fought hard to get the victory,” Fleury added.

From the beginning, Fleury showed great intensity. After stopping his first shot of the game, the goalkeeper tried to attack Anders Lee when he came into contact with him after the whistle. Fleury tried to join the fray, but it was his teammates who took it upon themselves to remind Lee not to get too close to the 39-year-old veteran.

Fleury also had the help of his most faithful accomplices, his stalls. Twice Fleury was thwarted by shots from Bo Horvat and Cal Clutterbuck, and each time he took the time to thank his crossbar with a little caress.

“This is a special moment for me and my family. It is an honor to do it here and with my colleagues in the room,” added the hero of the evening.

The Wild will host a special evening in Fleury’s honor to commemorate his 552 wins and 1,000 games when his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, visit on Feb. 7.

Fleury became the fourth goalkeeper in history to reach the mark of 1,000 games played, after Brodeur (1,266), Roberto Luongo (1,044) and Roy (1,029), on December 31.

Fleury has a 552-324-92 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .912 efficiency ratio in 1,007 regular-season games.

The first overall pick in the 2003 draft won the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017) in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform and the Vezina Trophy once in 2021.

Joel Eriksson Ek scored two goals on special teams to help the Wild end a four-game losing streak. Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and an assist. Connor Dewar and Marcus Foligno were the other scorers.

Ilya Sorokin blocked 29 shots in 40 minutes of play for the Islanders. He was starting his 11th consecutive game, a career-high since his NHL debut.

With a three-goal deficit and a second game in as many days, Tuesday against the Jets in Winnipeg, the Islanders sent Kenneth Appleby into the fray in the third period.

In his first appearance in an NHL game in nearly six years, Appleby surrendered twice on eight shots.

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