COLUMBUS — Marc-Andre Fleury struggled in today’s All-Star Game. Because that’s what goalies do in games where no defense is played. They struggle.
Not all of them struggle quite like Fleury did, mind you. The Penguins’ netminder allowed seven goals in a second period that ended, mercifully for the goalies, as the highest-scoring period in All-Star Game history.
“It was a slow period,” he said. “It felt like forever. I think after 10 minutes it was six goals in already. I was like…it’s a tough one.”
Did it bother him?
“A little bit. I was getting a little mad,” he admitted. “You want to have some fun, but when you’re a goalie it’s frustrating when it goes in, right? I laughed for a few, and a few…”
He didn’t laugh.
That being said, Fleury wasn’t all that upset when the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, started giving him the gears.
“It’s a good thing, because (it means) we beat them in the playoffs last year,” he said.
And when asked what he remembered, specifically, about the Columbus crowd in those playoffs?
“I remember them being quiet in the end when we won,” he cracked.
And yes, he was joking.
“It’s a good crowd,” he finally conceded. “They get loud.”
Except, of course, when they lose in the playoffs.
They’re quiet then.