Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is playing some of the best hockey of his professional career, and was recently rewarded with the team MVP award for his surgical performances lasting a good portion of the season.
Looking back at Fleury's tenure with the Pens, it wasn't always blooming season for the goalie who had a rough start in the NHL, despite being the first overall pick in 2003. Playing the most difficult position on the ice, Fleury had a tough time establishing himself on an initially poor team.
With the learning curve out of the way, Fleury has grown into a dependable goalie who has shone brilliantly this season, while players began to drop off the roster from injuries. On the flipside, Fleury has shown some consistency in a not-so-positive light as well.
It's all a part of being an NHL goalie.
Here are eight things we have learned about Fleury since his entrance into the NHL.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.