Second shutout from Fleury results in latest VGK win
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s most recent shutout secured the Vegas Golden Knights’ Valentine's Day win.
The Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0, Sunday, Feb 14, from T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas, 10-2-1 will prepare for three more games against Colorado, the next game being Tuesday, Feb 16 at T-Mobile.
Vegas leads the west division with 21 points but is closely followed by the St. Louis Blue with 20.
Colorado is five points behind the Knights with only one less game played.
“I’m sure they’ll be eager to get back here in a couple days, especially from them being off for so long. I’m sure they’ll be feeling much better.” defensemen Alex Pietrangelo said.
Fleury’s goal against average is tied for top in the league at 1.38. He is also top two in save percentage with 94.39.
Fleury or “Flower” as his teammates call him, tallied 30 saves in the matchup against the Avalanche.
“He was fantastic,” head coach Pete DeBoer. “We’ve asked him to play a bunch of games in a row. He's had the energy to do it and not only do it but at a high level. He’s been our best player through this stretch.”
Left-wing Max Pacioretty scored the only goal of the game and now has seven on the season.
Pacioretty leads the team with seven goals and has the second most points with 12.
The captain of the Knights, right-wing Mark Stone still has the most points on the team with 16.
“We do have some confidence from winning the game, however, we know we have to play a lot better in the next one,” Pacioretty said. “We have to find ways to generate offense, especially 5-on-5. A big part of our game is trying to produce and play offense while not giving up too much defensively so we have to find out how to get better in those areas.”
Defensemen Zach Whtecloud now has four points on the season after his assist on Pacioretty’s goal.
“We have systems in place that allow guys to make pays and allow for guys to know where all the teammates are on the ice at once,” Whitecloud said. “I think a big part of that is chemistry and i think a bigger part of that is communication. We all know what our jobs are and are always working in five units and helping one another.”