A month into the season, he was no longer Marc-Andre Fleury. He was Marc-Andre flustered.

His confidence was crushed. His critics were howling.

"That time felt like forever," Fleury recalls. "It felt like everybody wanted to run me over with their car."

Not that they would have hit him; Fleury was letting everything past him. His numbers were frightening: a 1-6 record with a 3.54 goals-against average and an .853 save percentage that ranked 40th in a 30-team league.

"My toughest time in hockey," he said then.

What made the slump especially disturbing was that it came on the heels of a subpar 2009-10 season that ended with Fleury flopping in Game 7 against Montreal. He'd even been mock-cheered by a smattering of home "fans" in a first-round series against Ottawa.