Marc-Andre Fleury photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sports
Marc-Andre Fleury is one of only three goalies in NHL history with 500-plus wins.
Fleury has won the Stanley Cup three times already. He won his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie last season, combining it with his first Williams H. Jennings Trophy for teaming with Robin Lehner to help the Vegas Golden Knights surrender the fewest goals in the league.
With a track record like that, no one would expect Fleury, a 37-year-old bound for the Hockey Hall of Fame, to seek out advice from Kevin Lankinen after being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks one month after winning the Vezina. Lankinen after all, is a 26-year-old Finn with 19 career NHL wins, one more than the number of seasons (18) Fleury has played in the league.
So, it was a bit of a surprise to hear Fleury say he had indeed changed his game based on conversations with Lankinen and ensuing work with Chicago goalie coach Jimmy Waite.
“Playing overlap on the post when guys are coming at an angle instead of sometimes playing it one-knee down or stand up or reverse-VH,” Fleury said of his in-season adjustment with the Blackhawks. “It’s not something I’ve done before or worked on before. It’s been good.”
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