2. Marc-Andre Fleury on Form
The Blackhawks still gave up multiple chances last night with their aggressive offense, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury to dry. He bailed them out many times last night with stellar play, despite the high-danger chances against him. Fleury looked to be carrying the Blackhawks to a win against the Blues the other night but the offense fell through for him. This game? Fleury was able to play confidently behind a solid lead by his team and that confidence showed in his performance.
Fleury looks to be back on his elite form, as we saw in St. Louis the other night. He bailed his team out from a potential blowout as the game should have really been closer to 5-0 than 1-0. His lone goal against came from a misplaced glove hand, which is the only blemish on what would have been a perfect night. His positioning was much better last night and his awareness of the opposition also looked sharp.
Fleury has been well-known to be capable of winning games for his team, and wins are desperately needed at the moment. The competition doesn’t seem to be getting much easier, especially with the lackluster start this Blackhawks team had. This form of MAF will be needed as a quick rematch against the Hurricanes will be the next test for this team.