Marc-Andre Fleury gets a well-deserved au revoir in return to Las Vegas – [Update News]

When the final buzzer sounded on the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, Marc-Andre Fleury was swarmed by his Chicago teammates. Connor Murphy, a defenseman, gave Fleury a flower that was thrown by the crowd onto the ice. Fleury took the flower in his glove and raised it to give one last salute to the 18,367 cheering crowd.

It’s without a doubt the loudest the building has ever been following a Golden Knights loss. Fleury took a seat in the visiting tents shortly after, while he was still in Chicago’s dressing room. Caleb Jones from the Blackhawks handed Fleury his championship wrestling belt, which the team typically gives to the player of honor.

Fleury grabbed the belt, stood up and said: “Thanks, boys! I know you all appreciate that. I am grateful to you for fighting and blocking so many shots. It was great fun winning here. Thanks, boys.”

Fleury stopped 30 shots of 31 shots that he faced on his return to Las Vegas. This helped the Blackhawks defeat his former team. It was an emotional game for the future Hall of Fame goaltender, and that likely fueled his teammates’ performance.

“There are different desperation levels in this league every night, and different things bring that desperation level out,” Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer said after the game. “Sometimes it’s losing streaks. Sometimes it’s returning to a city you played in, like Flower, and the team rallies around that.