"So weird", said the Vegas Golden Knights goalie. Vegas has been a great story this National Hockey League season and Fleury has been a huge part of it. After all, the way he's performed this season, that should be the last of his worries.
"I have had such great support here over the years", Fleury said.
With the Penguins able to protect only one goaltender in the expansion draft, Fleury waived his no-trade clause and was taken by the Golden Knights.
Fleury played against - and beat - his former teammates in December in Las Vegas, but he said that doesn't compare. One of the great things about playing for the Golden Knights this season is that nearly every game, there's a player on the roster with a chip on his shoulder who wants to stick it to his old team. Fleury will not be spitting in anyone's eye on the way out of town. Need any more proof?
"I think it was an important game, and obviously with (Fleury) coming in it added a lot of emotion", Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.
Optional morning skate for the Pens. And that's perfectly understandable, since Karlsson was never given the opportunity to show his abilities in Columbus the way he has in Vegas. He set team records for games and minutes played, wins and shutouts.
With the Golden Knights in town to face the Penguins, it was a special day for Fleury.
To suggest that this is another game for Fleury, or anyone else involved, would be a stretch.
Kessel and Malkin almost had a couple of more goals as Kessel ripped two shots off the post early in the game, while Fleury was able to stop Malkin with one of his patented poke checks on a second period breakaway.
The Vegas Golden Knights and the Pittsburgh Penguins split the season series and it will be interesting whether or not they will meet again possibly in the Stanley Cup Finals come late May and early June.
"During the fires in Los Angeles, the first thing he did was pick up the phone and call me", said Walsh, who is based in Los Angeles. The people have always been very supportive of me, always cheering me on.
"Now I get to see what the other goalie faced all these years". The difference? They've been back to Pittsburgh before.
He's remembered as one of the best teammates in Pittsburgh Penguins' history.
Shazier received a thunderous applause and standing ovation from the crowd, before he got to his feet to address the crowd.