The Penguins may have just caught a big break.
The Penguins and their fans likely breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made his first appearance at a team practice since he suffered a concussion make in late March. It was Fleury's second concussion of the season, and there was some real doubt about what his availability would look like come the post season.
While Fleury showing up to practice is not an indicator of him being game ready, it certainly has to be viewed as a very good sign for the Penguins. Fleury spoke to the media after practice, and he did make it clear that he wasn't ready to return, but it's just as clear that he views this a step in the right direction.
"One day at a time... This was my first practice, so we'll see how it goes."
Fleury had a strong performance in goal for the Penguins this season, despite the injuries, and his return would make an already dangerous looking Penguins squad even more of a threat in the playoffs.
Fleury on playing this week: "One day at a time... This was my first practice, so we'll see how it goes." pic.twitter.com/ZFTZl1MzfX— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 11, 2016