Marc-Andre Fleury Earns 500th Win as Blackhawks Shut Out Canadiens – Montreal Hockey Fans Show Class
Fleury Becomes 3rd Goalie in NHL History With 500 Wins
Montreal's Bell Centre has never been kind to Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Sorel-Tracy, Que., native has played countless heartbreaking games in front of belligerent crowds against the Montreal Canadiens, his childhood team. Thursday night, Fleury finally got one back on his old nemesis and stepped into NHL history.
In front of friends and family in his home province, Fleury picked up his 500th career win as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 2-0.
"It was really special. I really thought people in Montreal hated me after all these years of getting yelled at or booed," Fleury said. "I never play my best games here. It's always a rough night in Montreal.
"To finally get a win, the 500th win, with my friends and family in the arena and with the fans' reception it's heartwarming. It's great to be able to achieve this in Montreal."
With a 27-save shutout at the Bell Centre, Fleury joined his idols Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only NHL goaltenders to reach 500 career wins. Brodeur is the all-time leader with 691, Roy stands second with 551.
"For me, Patrick and Martin are the best," Fleury said. "That's what's fun about hockey, I have fun and all but the feeling of getting a win, that's what I'm looking for. For me the 500 was important, trying to beat Patrick isn't as important."
As the clock reached zero, Blackhawks teammates rushed over to Fleury in celebration as the Bell Centre public announcer mentioned the milestone. Overwhelmed with the moment, Fleury admitted he didn't notice the announcement.