Fleury, Karlsson lead Knights to overtime win over Ducks
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves in the Vegas Golden Knights’ overtime win for his 100th win as a Knight.
The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday, Feb 27 at Honda Center.
“[It was] lots of unknown, coming to Vegas,” Fleury said. “It’s been amazing, from day one. The support we’ve been getting from the fans from around the city, the way that we’ve been winning games since then and the way the guys worked to establish themselves as a good team. It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully there’s more coming up.”
The Knights (12-4-1) turn their attention to their first home game of the season with fans in attendance. The game will take place Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m. from T-Mobile Arena against the Minnesota Wild.
Vegas leads the West division with 25 points, followed by Minnesota and the St. Louis Blues
Center Rickard Rakell scored midway through the first period to put Anaheim up 1-0.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo tied the game nearly six and a half minutes later with his second goal of the season with assists from defensemen Shea Theodore and right-wing Keegan Kolesar.
Pietrangelo has four points in the last three games and eight on the season.
“We’ve been off for a week. Felt like our energy was there but maybe the details could have been a little better. [Fleury] kept us in there pretty good,” Pietrangelo said. “The way the season is, the way the games are being played, you just have to find a way to win, find a way to get points and move up in the standings.”
The Knights took their first lead of the night, 2-1, with a goal from center William Karlsson about halfway through the second period. Pietrangelo assisted with the goal.
Karlsson has five goals and 14 points on the season.
In the third period, center Adam Henrique tied the game at two, leading to overtime.
However, Karlsson would go on to score the game-winning goal in overtime, his second of the game.
Right-wing Reilly Smith and Theordore both assisted on the game-winner to lead the Knights to a 3-2 OT win.
It marked the first multi-goal game for Karlsson since Feb 23, 2020.
“It was nice to get that first one, it’s been a couple games,” Karlsson said. “Then after that you get even more hungry, almost greedy, so to score another one is great. It feels good and is always a confidence boost.”
Fleury has started 12 out of Vegas’ 17 games and is 9-3 on the season.
“For me, I just try my best in practice, try to be ready, try to be in good shape and when I get a chance try to give my team a chance to be in the game and enjoy it,” he said. “Play the game, have fun. I know I’m towards the end of my career and I just have to enjoy it.”
Fleury has a career 475 wins in 17 years and 100 of those wins with VGK.