SYDNEY, Nova Scotia - Marc-Andre Fleury won in his return to his junior team, making 21 saves and getting two assists in leading the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles over Baie-Comeau 5-1 Friday night.
The 19-year-old goaltender, the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft last June, was sent down by the Pittsburgh Penguins eight days earlier. He played for the Eagles in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League earlier this season.
“I was very nervous before the game,” Fleury said. “It was like playing my first game here all over again. I’m happy with how the guys played. They made my job easier.”
Fleury was 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average for the last-place Penguins.
Fleury was the NHL’s rookie of the month in October, when he was 2-2-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average. He lost 11 of his last 12 decisions with Pittsburgh.
He was sent down as he neared the 25-game mark that would give him the chance to collect $3 million in bonuses.
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