Marc-André Fleury, joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003, and played during the rivalry with the Washington Capitals. The Penguins and Capitals have been rivals since the early 90’s. The rivalry between the two giants of the NHL reached new heights in 2009, when Crosby and Ovechkin had their first playoff meeting. Unfortunately, for Ovie, and friends; Crosby, and the Penguins were able to outmatch them the majority of the time.
In 2017 Penguins goaltender, Marc-André Fleury was drafted to the brand new expansion team: The Vegas Golden Knights for their first season. The Golden Knights, have been performing phenomenally, up until the recent Washington playoff games. Perhaps, this is the result of the Caps knowing how the ex-Pens goalie plays, but without having Crosby (arguably the best player in the league) there to back him up. After playing against Fleury so much while he was a penguin, Washington players are bound to know his technique, style and, tricks that he has up his sleeve.
On the other end of the spectrum the same could be said about Fleury. He should be familiar with the play-style of the Washington Capitals. Is it possible that Fleury has just been having a stroke of bad luck? Could it be his team is getting cocky, or just not playing as defensively as they should be?
On top of this potential advantage, Capitals star player Ovechkin, is a man possessed this playoffs season. He is desperate for a cup, and he has been proving himself worthy of one this year. He has evolved throughout his career from scoring dynamo to all around team leader, and is now raising his shot blocks and back check game to the next level.
Although the Vegas Golden Knights are down 3-1, the team encourages their fans with a light-hearted tweet to have faith. “crazier things have happened than a team coming back from a 3-1 series deficit. Like an expansion team advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for example“.