The Vegas Golden Knights came out with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at home Wednesday night to take a 2-1 Western Conference Final lead, and goalie Marc-André Fleury had a whole lot to do with that. On the night, Fleury stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced. He also made one particularly spectacular sequence of saves to protect a 3-2 lead in the third period, stopping a dangerous one-timer from Mark Scheifele in the slot and then diving back across the goalmouth to rob Scheifele again on the rebound:
Here’s another look at it:
After the game, Fleury told NBC’s Brian Boucher (a former NHL goalie himself) he was late on both the initial pass and then the following rebound, and made the desperate dive just to try and get a piece of the puck:
Well, he certainly did that, and that’s an incredible play. But it was just one of many great saves Fleury made on the night, and he got a little help from his posts too:
The Golden Knights had a good game overall, getting goals from Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal and Alex Tuch and a last-second empty-netter from Marchessault to ice it, and they put themselves in solid position to further build on their incredible playoff run. But Fleury was the real hero on this night, especially when it came to the amazing second-effort diving stop.