Pens Advance With Fleury in Net

He sat on the bench for his post-game interview, seemingly wistful, as the cacophonous chants of “Fleury” tumbled down to ice level. Not knowing what may transpire in the off-season, those chants appeared to be singing his swan song. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 49 shots for the Penguins last night, en route to a 5-2 Game 5 win and a 4-1 series win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the intervening years since the Penguin’s 2009 Stanley Cup Championship, Fleury’s regular season successes were overshadowed by his playoff failures. His inability to stop anything smaller than a tire from getting into the net during playoff runs made us question whether Fleury was still a viable netminder. But for all of his playoff inconsistencies, Marc-Andre Fleury is just as much a part of the Penguins 21st century renaissance as Crosby or Malkin. And even though his role has diminished with the emergence of Matt Murray, he’s still a number one goaltender and a Pittsburgh legend. Last night and the entire series showed us once more, and maybe for one last playoff run, that the Penguin’s engine can still be fueled by Flower Power.