No own goals, have fun, says Fleury
PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun
He's been through the pressure-cooker twice, so who better to give advice to Team Canada's Jeff Glass for tonight's gold-medal game? Marc-Andre Fleury was Canada's goaltender for the last two World Junior Hockey Championships, both of which ended in crushing losses in the final game.
Reached by The Sun last night in Wilkes-Barre, where he plays for the AHL's Penguins, Fleury didn't mind passing on a little pre-game tip to Glass.
"Not score on his own net, maybe," Fleury said. "That's the first thing I would recommend."
Fleury obviously still has his sense of humour, if he's able to joke about the way he banked the puck off defenceman Braydon Coburn and into his own net for the U.S.'s winning goal in Helsinki last year.
The goal capped the Americans' comeback from a 3-1, third-period deficit, and extended Canada's gold-medal drought to seven years.
On a serious note, Fleury says Glass should treat the game like any other, and not put any extra pressure on himself.
At the same time, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so he should cherish it.
"For sure, the whole country's watching," Fleury said. "You've got to go out and have fun with it. Try to enjoy it."