2. Vintage Marc-Andre Fleury
The Blackhawks should not have won this game, but thanks to the play by Marc-Andrey Fleury, his teammates were able to go out there and score the lone goal, which would end up being the GWG. This game, much like the Seattle one, should have been a blowout win for the Canucks the way the Blackhawks were playing. Fleury stole yet another win for the team, something we were excited about when he arrived.
When Fleury was acquired in the offseason for honestly nothing, I personally did not think that he would be playing for the Blackhawks. I assumed that he would retire instead until I saw the video on Twitter and the words “I’m in”. What happened is something that the Blackhawks must be extremely thankful for: vintage Marc-Andre Fleury.
With a 40-save performance, I think it’s safe to say that Fleury’s back on form to lead the Blackhawks into the postseason. In the last four games he’s played, he was their first star with stellar, timely save after save. He managed to save every shot the Canucks threw at him, got some needed shot blocks from his defense in the third, and recorded 5 post-saves in the game. The trademark “Fleury Rub” on the post has been a constant since he came into the league and it’s great to finally watch it happen for the Blackhawks this time around, not against them.