Penguins hurt Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming with 5-4 win opposite Vegas

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was an romantic night for a Pittsburgh Penguins and their dear former goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury was behind in a city where he started his NHL career and spent some-more than a decade, assisting to uphold a Penguins to mixed championships. The Penguins wanted to respect their aged crony – and they did – though they also wanted to win.

Third-period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel busted Fleury’s homecoming as a Penguins degraded a Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday.

“I consider it was an critical game, and apparently with (Fleury) entrance in it combined a lot of emotion,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “Once we get out there, you’re perplexing to win a diversion and he’s perplexing to do a same thing.”

Fleury, who won 3 Stanley Cups with a Penguins – including a final dual seasons – returned to Pittsburgh for a initial time given Vegas comparison him in a enlargement breeze final summer. Fleury, who stopped 33 shots, kick his former teammates in Dec in Las Vegas.

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“The diversion was (in Pittsburgh), so it was different,” Fleury said. “It was unequivocally weird, though it was a diversion I’ll remember forever.”

In a initial assembly between a teams in Pittsburgh, Malkin gave a Penguins a 4-2 lead with his 30th of a deteriorate during 3:09 of a third period. Malkin, who scored in his fifth true game, became a fifth actor in group story to measure 30 goals 6 times.

Kessel extended a lead to 5-2 a small some-more than 3 mins after on a one-touch, backdoor feed from Malkin.

Jake Guentzel, Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole also scored for Pittsburgh, that won for a fifth time in 6 games.

Matt Murray, Fleury’s former student in Pittsburgh, done 21 saves to tip his mentor.

William Karlsson scored his 28th of a deteriorate on a energy play for a Golden Knights. James Neal, who spent 4 seasons in Pittsburgh, got his 23rd.

Ryan Carpenter and Jonathan Marchessault scored in a third duration for Vegas, that scarcely rallied from a three-goal deficit. The Western Conference leaders have 20 wins in their final 28 games.

Fleury, a No. 1 collect in a 2003 NHL draft, spent 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and set group annals for games and mins played, wins and shutouts.

Murray stepped in when Fleury went down on a eve of a 2016 playoffs. He helped a Penguins to a franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup and eventually grabbed a No. 1 job. Fleury waived his no-movement proviso before a trade deadline final open so a Penguins could strengthen Murray in a enlargement draft.

Fleury quickly regained a starting pursuit before withdrawal Pittsburgh when Murray aggravated an damage during warmups before to a initial diversion of a playoffs. He won 9 games and helped discharge Columbus and Washington before Murray returned in a third turn of a playoffs opposite Ottawa.

The classification put together a reverence video for Fleury that was shown during a first-period blocking in play. Fleury stood stoically behind his net and complacent his glove on his hang as he took in a highlights. The throng roared in appreciation and gave a prolonged station acclaim to Fleury, who lifted his hang in a atmosphere and waved to a fans.

Murray took it all in from a other end.

“Those are always fun to watch and they move behind good memories of a final dual years, generally a man like (Fleury), who was a large partial of my development,” Murray said. “He was a unequivocally good crony and mentor.”

The throng gave Fleury his initial station acclaim of a night as shortly as he strike a ice for pregame warmups. A larger-than-normal throng of supporters collected behind a visitors’ goal, many holding handmade signs and entertaining any time he took a net.

“We knew it was going to happen,” Murray said. “He’s well-liked and everybody loves (Fleury) for good reason. He deserves each bit of appreciation he gets.”

Fleury tapped Murray on a pads during warmups and a dual had a brief discuss while stretching. At a finish of warmups, Fleury skated to a red line and took a shot off a pads from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang to a pleasure of a crowd.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Fleury said. “In a warmup, we had goosebumps. It’s a night we won’t forget.”

NOTES: Pittsburgh won a season-high eighth true home game. … Penguins brazen Patric Hornqvist is week to week with a lower-body injury. Pittsburgh also scratched defensemen Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel. … Golden Knights brazen Williams Carrier returned to Las Vegas to be evaluated by group doctors. The group also scratched defenseman Jason Garrison.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Complete a three-game highway outing Thursday during San Jose.

Penguins: At a Dallas Stars on Friday.

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