Marc-Andre Fleury Injury: Updates on Penguins Star's Concussion and Return

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury deflects shot off stick of Colorado Avalanche player in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was dealing with a concussion he suffered on April 1. However, he has been cleared to return to the ice. 

Continue for updates.

Fleury Active vs. Lightning 

Sunday, May 22

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston noted that Fleury will start Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Fleury returned to the net in Game 4 on Friday night when he started the third period in place of rookie Matt Murray.

Latest on Fleury's Practice Status

Monday, May 2

Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided video of Fleury from Monday's practice session:

Seth Rorabaugh @SethRorabaugh

Marc-Andre Fleury facing some shots in the morning skate. He wasn't this active for the previous two morning skates: https://t.co/ZZvAIEBQ75

Fleury Important to Penguins' Stanley Cup Push

Things were finally looking up for the Penguins after a slow start resulted in the firing of head coach Mike Johnston.

Thanks to Fleury's consistent play and the re-emergence of captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are a top contender for the Stanley Cup.

In 58 games in the regular season, Fleury has posted a career-high .921 save percentage with a solid 2.29 goals-against average. He's capable of pulling off miraculous saves as well.

His season ran into a temporary roadblock when he suffered a concussion Dec. 14 that sidelined him for eight games, so the new diagnosis is concerning.

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Murray filled the void in net during Fleury's absence to end the regular season. In 13 regular-season starts, the 21-year-old amassed an 9-2-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

For a Penguins team looking to make a championship run, Fleury's presence will go a long way.

Stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com.

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