One guy who seems particularly displeased with Niskanen is his former Penguins teammate, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The netminder pays tribute to several current and former Pittsburgh teammates on the backplate of his mask. Niskanen, who played with the Penguins from 2010-2014, is one of those names…even if his name seems to be a handwritten addition.
But prior to Wednesday’s Game 4 in Pittsburgh, there was a slight alteration made to Fleury’s mask. Niskanen’s name appeared to be covered with tape.
Ouch. Do you taste that? That seems to be some salt.
It’s clearly a personal thing for Fleury, as he clearly doesn’t cover the name of every dirty player on his list of honorees. (See: Cooke, Matt.) Fleury and Crosby are great friends both on and off the ice — they’ve played together ever since Crosby entered the league in 2005 — and he clearly wants his bud healthy again.
Fleury on Crosby: "I hope he feels better soon and I can see him smile again." #Pens