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He’s well-liked and everybody loves
07-11-2018, 12:27 PM
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He’s well-liked and everybody loves
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury has never been one to take credit for his wins.All 408 of them.Fleury stopped 17 shots to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to their third straight victory Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , 3-1 over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.And with his 408th win, the 15-year veteran moved into sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s career list.“Like I’ve said before, it’s an honor to be among these guys,” Fleury said. “I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of great players, very good teams. It’s pretty cool to be there.”Fleury, who for the second straight game lost a bid for his 50th career shutout in the third period, has allowed just two goals in his last three starts.“We played a good team tonight and we dominated,” said Fleury, now 15 wins behind ninth-place Tony Esposito. “We had the puck all night, we didn’t give them much. Pretty quiet on my end.”William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Ducks 45-18.After going 0 for 16 on the power play through their first six games, the Golden Knights have scored with the man advantage in each of the last two games. Vegas finished 1 for 5 on the power play against the Ducks, who were 0 for 2.Vegas, which has answered a three-game losing streak with its current three-game win streak, has gone 11 for 11 on the penalty kill over its last four games.“They do a good job, they work hard to get in shot lanes, they really put pressure on teams,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “I think they got off to a tough start at the first of the season. I think the guys take pride in that. When you do a real good job killing penalties, that usually sets the stage for your team and I think the guys have done a great job lately.”Ben Street had the goal for the Ducks Alex Smith Jersey Elite , and John Gibson finished with 42 saves.“We have to have more people engaged in the game; we didn’t get engaged in the hockey game until maybe the third period, even then we lost too many 2-on-1 battles,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “We didn’t compete hard enough. Our goalie gave us a chance again. We scored a goal early (in the third period), and then we have a little bit of life to us. We displayed very little life in the first two periods of the game.”As opposed to the Golden Knights, who outhustled Anaheim to loose pucks, were strong on the forecheck, and created many more scoring opportunities than the Ducks.Per NaturalStatTrick.com, the Golden Knights had 34 scoring chances and 19 high-danger chances. Conversely, the Ducks had just 18 scoring chances and only five high-danger chances.“I liked everything tonight,” Gallant said. “I liked the way we played, I liked our power play, we had good chances, I liked our whole game. The last three minutes of the second period and early in the third period I thought we let down a little bit and gave them some real good chances and we turned some pucks over. But besides that, I thought we played one of our best games.”Karlsson, drafted by the Ducks in 2011, scored his second goal of the season when he redirected Marchessault’s centering feed past Gibson for a power-play goal. Karlsson, third in the NHL with 43 goals last season, has two goals and six assists in the last six games.Reaves scored his first of the season midway through the second to make it 2-0 with his son and mother watching from the stands.“I’ve scored in front of (my son) a bunch, but every time my mum comes down I seem to score,” said Reaves http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline....ith-jersey , whose goal was the game-winner. “And my mum just got here last night. She seems to be my good luck charm.”Street cut Vegas’ lead in half early in the third period. Marchessault’s empty-net goal with 17 seconds left provided the final margin.NOTES: NBA great Shaquille O’Neal ignited the crowd inside T-Mobile Arena when he manned the hand crank siren before puck drop. … Marchessault, who had a career-high 75 points last season, continued his strong play into the regular season, as he’s posted a team-high 10 points (five goals, five assists). … Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle remains one win shy of tying Roger Neilson (460) for 30th among NHL coaches all-time. … Gibson has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven starts this season.UP NEXTAnaheim: Hosts Buffalo on Sunday.Vegas: Hosts Vancouver on Wednesday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) It was an emotional night for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their beloved former goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury.Fleury was back in the city where he started his NHL career and spent more than a decade, helping to backstop the Penguins to multiple championships. The Penguins wanted to honor their old friend – and they did – but they also wanted to win.Third-period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel ruined Fleury’s homecoming as the Penguins defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday.”I think it was an important game, and obviously with (Fleury) coming in it added a lot of emotion,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. ”Once you get out there, you’re trying to win a game and he’s trying to do the same thing.”Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins – including the last two seasons – returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since Vegas selected him in the expansion draft last summer. Fleury, who stopped 33 shots, beat his former teammates in December in Las Vegas.”The game was (in Pittsburgh), so it was different,” Fleury said. ”It was very weird, but it was a game I’ll remember forever.”In the first meeting between the teams in Pittsburgh, Malkin gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead with his 30th of the season at 3:09 of the third period. Malkin, who scored in his fifth straight game, became the fifth player in team history to score 30 goals six times.Kessel extended the lead to 5-2 a little more than three minutes later on a one-touch, backdoor feed from Malkin.Jake Guentzel Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole also scored for Pittsburgh, which won for the fifth time in six games.Matt Murray, Fleury’s former understudy in Pittsburgh, made 21 saves to top his mentor.William Karlsson scored his 28th of the season on a power play for the Golden Knights. James Neal, who spent four seasons in Pittsburgh, got his 23rd.Ryan Carpenter and Jonathan Marchessault scored in the third period for Vegas, which nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit. The Western Conference leaders have 20 wins in their last 28 games.Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, spent 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and set team records for games and minutes played, wins and shutouts.Murray stepped in when Fleury went down on the eve of the 2016 playoffs. He helped the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup and eventually grabbed the No. 1 job. Fleury waived his no-movement clause before the trade deadline last spring so the Penguins could protect Murray in the expansion draft.Fleury briefly regained the starting job before leaving Pittsburgh when Murray aggravated an injury during warmups prior to the first game of the playoffs. He won nine games and helped eliminate Columbus and Washington before Murray returned in the third round of the playoffs against Ottawa.The organization put together a tribute video for Fleury that was shown during a first-period stoppage in play. Fleury stood stoically behind his net and rested his glove on his stick as he took in the highlights. The crowd roared in appreciation and gave a long standing ovation to Fleury, who raised his stick in the air and waved to the fans.Murray took it all in from the other end.”Those are always fun to watch and they bring back good memories of the last two years, especially a guy like (Fleury), who was a big part of my development,” Murray said. ”He was a really good friend and mentor.”The crowd gave Fleury his first standing ovation of the night as soon as he hit the ice for pregame warmups. A larger-than-normal crowd of supporters gathered behind the visitors’ goal, many holding handmade signs and cheering each time he took the net.”We knew it was going to happen,” Murray said. ”He’s well-liked and everybody loves (Fleury) for good reason. He deserves every bit of appreciation he gets.”Fleury tapped Murray on the pads during warmups and the two had a short chat while stretching. At the end of warmups, Fleury skated to the red line and took a shot off the pads from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang to the delight of the crowd.”I didn’t know what to expect,” Fleury said. ”In the warmup, I had goosebumps. It’s a night I won’t forget.”NOTES: Pittsburgh won its season-high eighth straight home game. … Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist is week to week with a lower-body injury. Pittsburgh also scratched defensemen Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel. … Golden Knights forward Williams Carrier returned to Las Vegas to be evaluated by team doctors. The team also scratched defenseman Jason Garrison.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Complete a three-game road trip Thursday at San Jose.Penguins: At the Dallas Stars on Friday.—
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