By recording a 1-0 win over the Seattle Kraken on Friday night, Marc-André shut out a record 28th National Hockey League (NHL) team.
“I was not aware of the record. It probably means that I am old, explained the Minnesota Wild goalkeeper in a press briefing with his usual candor. I’ve been playing for a long time.”
The 37-year-old Quebecer left behind Martin Brodeur, Ed Belfour, Dominik Hasek and Tomas Vokoun who all had shutouts against 27 teams.
There are only four teams missing from the Sorelois goalkeeper’s roster: the Columbus Blue Jackets, the St. Louis Blues, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Wild. Let’s say it will be a little more difficult for the latter club…
With 72 shutouts since the start of his career, Fleury is only 12th in NHL history. His next targets will be Belfour and Tony Esposito, both at 76.
No attack, no problem!
The Wild gave the Kraken absolutely nothing to end their five-game winning streak. “Flower” blocked 28 shots, but his teammates also threw themselves in front of 22 pucks.
“It feels like when we play against them at home or here [au Climate Pledge Arena], it’s a bit boring because there’s not much action on either side. We played a bit defensively and we didn’t give them much. It’s good, it gives us a chance to win every night by doing that,” said Fleury.
A little over a week ago, the Kraken shut out the Wild 4-0. This time, Minnesota was able to score. Mats Zuccarello hit the target late in the first half, helped by Kirill Kaprizov and Jon Merrill.
“Obviously, [Fleury] was very good, but I think everyone in front was on a mission. Lots of blocked shots, he did some good things. Certainly, when we broke down, he was there to make it happen,” said head coach Dean Evason.
The Wild will try to win a third straight game when they host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.