Flower blooms in return to The Fortress
Saturday night marked the return to T-Mobile Arena for former Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks over the offseason.
Flower and the Blackhawks snuck out of T-Mobile Arena with a 2-1 victory over Vegas. This win is particularly important for Fleury not just because it was against his former team, but because now he is the only goaltender in NHL history to record a win against every NHL franchise in his career.
This was truly a special night for Fleury and he didn’t disappoint for Blackhawks fans between the pipes. He finished the game with 30 saves on 31 shot attempts for a final save percentage of .968.
Even with the loss, Vegas still remains atop the Pacific Division at 47 points, leading Anaheim by two points.
The Knights currently are tied with the second most points in the Western Conference with St. Louis and they only trail Nashville by one point for the top spot in the West.
Vegas continues their homestand on Tuesday night as they get set to welcome in the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Vegas.
Fans can also find ticket information for the game at AXS.com.
When it comes to the Vegas side of the rink, it was a night where the offense didn’t seem to be clicking. An offense that had been used to scoring an average of 3.47 goals a game was held to one goal Saturday night which came off the stick of VGK defenseman Ben Hutton.
Now sure, I could start getting into the specifics of why this could become problematic for the Knights as we get towards the second half of the season but I’ll leave the woes on offense at this, keep an eye on the offense this second half of the year when Vegas is battling for playoff positioning.
It wasn’t all bad for Vegas Saturday as they got another impressive showing from their starting goalie Robin Lehner, who stopped 19 shots on 21 attempts for a save percentage of .905.
When asked about the VGK’s performance Saturday night, head coach Pete DeBoer felt like it was a bit of a sluggish game from his guys saying, “We didn’t have a lot of juice and I think that kinda bled into our game.”
Given that this was the third largest crowd of the season at T-Mobile Arena (18,367), I’m not surprised that DeBoer was expecting a bit more from his guys in this game.