Marc-André Fleury is having a terrible start to the season with the Minnesota Wild. If the Quebecer remains very hard on himself, his teammates did not hesitate to take a good part of the blame.
The Wild lost their first two games of the season, allowing seven goals each time. Thursday, the New York Rangers triumphed 7-3 in Saint Paul, and Fleury played the entire game. On Saturday, he yielded four times in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings before being removed from the game. The visitors finally won 7 to 6.
After the match, the 37-year-old Sorelois was very angry with himself, especially for the fourth net, scored by Alex Iafallo with a long shot.
“So stupid. I think I was just watching to see what was going to happen, I knew he was far away, to see where the guys were, then I looked at the shot and he was already in it, Fleury explained, according to the daily “St . Paul Pioneer Press”. It was just stupid, stupid.”
“That’s not the start we wanted. This is not the start I was looking for. […] I feel bad for the fans and my teammates. I have to do better.”
After giving up 11 goals in four periods, Fleury left head coach Dean Evason no choice but to remove him from his net, a strategy the 58-year-old rarely uses.
Despite everything, the driver refuses to be too hard on his veteran.
“Everyone had a hard time, he argued. From the goalie [to the forwards], no one has played well, otherwise we wouldn't have given up seven goals.”
Mats Zuccarello has two goals and four points so far this season, but he's showing a differential of -5. He thus delivered an analysis similar to that of his instructor, without going into the lace.
“I don't really have words, he hinted. You can't expect to win games when you've conceded 14 goals in two games. Sometimes we play defense like we're a junior team ****. It's the whole team. We have to wake up.”
“Our mentality last year was to play good, tough defence. So far, we haven't seen that.”
The Wild won't have much time to fine-tune their defensive game as they return to action on Monday hosting the Montreal Avalanche. Colorado.