After an overtime victory in San Jose on Monday night, the Vegas Golden Knights are just two wins away from reaching the Western Conference Finals.
Marc-Andre Fleury was the catalyst for the young Vegas team — yet again — stopping 39 out of 42 shots, but the highlight of the night came in overtime. The seasoned netminder left the Sharks in disbelief, making a spectacular glove save to rob Logan Couture of a goal that enabled William Karlsson to have the opportunity to put the game away just a few minutes later.
It was intense. It was electrifying.
The resurgence of Marc-Andre Fleury
After a brief stop in Los Angeles, Marc-Andre Fleury’s redemption tour is in high gear as it makes its way through San Jose. The 33-year-old goaltender knows what it takes to bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup and the Knights are ten wins away from doing just that. Oh yeah — in their inaugural season.
Fleury has three shutouts in seven games and an absurd .960 save percentage this postseason. It is clear that he is playing the best hockey of his career.
During the regular season, he finished with a .927 save percentage (fourth among all NHL goalies appearing in at least 30 games) and an even-strength percentage of .931 that was sixth in the league. Combine that with his outstanding postseason performance to this point, and Fleury currently has a .932 save percentage through 51 games this season.
The fact that this performance is happening this season, on this team and in this situation only adds to its brilliance. If Fleury takes an expansion team anywhere near the Stanley Cup Final, it will be the greatest achievement of his career.
An offense that can light up the scoreboard, a defense playing far better than anyone expected, and a franchise goaltender playing at an elite level. Vegas is more than just a great story — they are a legitimate contender.