Marc-Andre Fleury accomplished an impressive feat just by suiting up as the Vegas Golden Knights’ starting goaltender in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
The veteran became the first netminder in NHL history to play in 15 consecutive postseasons. He broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito, who did so from 1970-83.
Fleury is competing in his 15th career postseason overall. He’s the fifth puck-stopper in league history to achieve that and ranks behind Martin Brodeur (17), Patrick Roy (17), Andy Moog (16), and Jacques Plante (16).
The Golden Knights goalie has reached the playoffs in all four of his campaigns with Vegas. The team reached the conference finals in 2019-20, two seasons after going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in the team’s inaugural campaign.
Before joining the Golden Knights, the 36-year-old won the Cup three times in 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He qualified for the playoffs in his last 11 years with the club. Matt Murray played a larger role for the Penguins en route to their titles in 2016 and 2017, but Fleury played 24 postseason games in 2009 en route to the championship.