Murray is expected to start here opposite Fleury, who served as his mentor and helped him win two Cups in his first two years in the league as a starter.
Then, during the game, the Penguins paid tribute to the goaltender with an excellent tribute video.
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- Fleury played in 691 games as a Penguin, the most by any goalie and the eighth most in franchise history.
Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins - including the last two seasons - returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since Vegas selected him in the expansion draft last summer. Fleury made 691 appearances during the regular season with the Penguins and 806 overall.
Fleury played 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
Ryan Carpenter banged in a rebound 18 seconds after Kessel scored and Jonathan Marchessault banked in a bad-angle shot off Matt Murray's right arm to make it 5-4 with less than eight minutes left, but the Penguins held on.
Fleury regained the starting job when Murray aggravated an injury during warm-ups in the first game of the playoffs. He's having a great year for the Golden Knights with a.939 save percentage in 21 appearances entering Tuesday's game.
"From the start, expectations weren't too high", said Fleury, who earned his 390th career win Sunday to pass Dominik Hasek for sole possession of 13th place in National Hockey League history.
- Fleury had 375 wins with the Penguins, 149 more than second place (Tom Barrasso) and 271 more than third place (Ken Wregget).
Underestimating Pittsburgh's love for him, Fleury told Lemieux, "Hopefully the fans don't throw too many tomatoes". "It was very weird, but it was a game I'll remember forever".