Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is clearly among the NHL's elite performers, and when it comes to working overtime, he only gets better. His evolution as a goaltender perhaps almost complete, Fleury has arguably become the NHL's most difficult man to beat in shootouts. He is perfect this season and has won 16 of his past 20 shootouts, something the Penguins have noticed. "He's such a calming influence in those situations," center Dustin Jeffrey said. "He's just so good, so steady." Fleury has refined his style over the years, leaning more on a sound positional approach instead of relying on his exceptional athleticism. Of course, the athleticism that made Fleury the first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft is still detectable in shootouts. Jeffrey shoots against Fleury every practice and often doesn't have much success. "He's such a tough guy to read," Jeffrey said. "You know he's quick. That's the report everyone has. He's got that quick glove, and he moves side to side so well." Fleury's bag of tricks, however, has expanded. Islanders center John Tavares, among the league's best scorers, found out the hard way Thursday at Consol Energy Center. With a chance to send the shootout to a fourth round, Tavares attempted to deke Fleury.
Fleury thrives in clutch situations
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Oct 29