Marc-Andre Fleury finally addresses his mistake in game three

Published June 20, 2021 at 9:53

With the Vegas Golden Knights on the verge of winning game three of their semi-final series against the Montreal Canadiens, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a huge mistake that sends the game into overtime and gives the Habs the win. With just over a minute and a half left in the third period, Fleury moved to play the puck and bobbled it, sending it right out front to Josh Anderson for the easy goal.

On Saturday, Fleury faced the media and answered questions about his mistake. Here's how it went. The video of the media availability is below.

On whether or not his experience in the National Hockey League makes it easier to move on from such a huge mistake.

"Like you said I've been through some of these before," said Fleury. "Obviously it would have been nice to get the lead in the series last night but the series is still young and there is still lots of hockey to be played so you can't dwell on it too long."

On what his perspective was of that now infamous game tying goal.

"I came out to make a play to help the D out like I do every day, every night. I dunno, I gotta see a replay again. I don't know if it spins off my stick or my foot, I didn't have good control of it and I lost the puck. When I turn around the puck was in the net already."

On how hard it is having to relive the moment due to the barrage of questions from reporters.

"It's part of the game, having to talk to you guys and be reminded of my screw ups," admitted Fleury. "Like I said I've been through this before and obviously I wish things were different, but it is what it is and I gotta put it behind and get ready for the next game."

On whether or not it was difficult to maintain his concentration and how he felt in the moment.

"It was very frustrating," said Fleury. "We had played a very good game, we had the puck for most of the game, things were going well for us and there wasn't much time left in the game. I can't remember the last time I've lost the puck like that in my skates and put it in front of the net but it's not something that I can't fix and that I can't improve on."

On whether or not he will start Game 4 after speaking with Peter DeBoer.

"You will have to ask Peter," said Fleury

On whether or not he wants the net for Game 4.

"For sure," admitted Fleury. "Our team played so well it was hard to lose that one. I would of course like to return to the net, to get another chance in the next game. It might be a long series and we have to get over the last game very quickly and get ready for the next one. But of course I would like to be a part of that victory."

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