Fleury Returns, Leads Vegas to 5-1 Win over Blackhawks

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LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his return to the lineup and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Tuesday night time.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

It was Fleury’s first sport in web because the dying of his father, Andre.

Fleury, who hadn’t began since a Four-2 loss to Edmonton on Nov. 23, improved to 11-6-5 towards Chicago and 69-38-13 in December.

Reilly Smith, Deryk Engelland, William Karlsson, Max Pacioretty and Ryan Reaves scored for the Golden Knights, who hit the highway for 2 video games on a 5-1-1 run.

Corey Crawford, who dropped to 1-Four-Zero towards Vegas, made 32 saves for Chicago, which performed its third highway sport in six nights. Dominik Kubalik scored with 27 seconds left to spoil Fleury’s bid for his 59th profession shutout.

After an evenly contested first interval that noticed each goaltenders give you spectacular saves to maintain each groups off the scoreboard, Vegas was more and more higher within the second with the primary seven photographs on objective.

Smith took benefit on an influence play with the eighth shot of the interval, when he gathered a rebound, manoeuvred his away round Crawford and tucked house the primary objective of the sport to offer the Golden Knights a 1-Zero lead.

Reilly Smith #19, Vegas Golden Knights, October 13, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Shortly after it was the 37-year-old Engelland beating Crawford prime shelf with a wrist shot far facet for his first objective of the season. It was simply his second profession objective towards the Blackhawks and 30th total in 11 seasons.

With lower than a minute left within the second, Smith did a masterful job in forcing a turnover from Chicago veteran Jonathan Toews after which streaking in on an odd-man rush, delaying simply lengthy sufficient to attract Crawford to his left after which dishing to Karlsson, who completed with a short-handed objective to make it Three-Zero.

Whereas the Golden Knights outshot Chicago 16-Eight within the second, the Blackhawks had extra high-danger possibilities by means of two intervals (Eight-7). Fleury didn’t look as if he missed any time in any way, flashing leather-based and making highlight-reel saves to thwart each Chicago effort, together with back-to-back makes an attempt by Toews on the doorstep late within the second.

The Golden Knights made it Four-Zero early within the third when Mark Stone led a 2-on-1 break and fed Pacioretty, who tapped the puck previous Crawford.

Reaves obtained his third of the season late within the interval.

NOTES: The Blackhawks performed with out defenceman and alternate captain Duncan Keith, who didn’t make the three-game highway journey resulting from a groin damage. … Vegas ahead Cody Glass missed his first sport this season resulting from an upper-body damage sustained Sunday when Rangers winger Brendan Lemieux elbowed the rookie within the head. Lemieux was fined $2,000. … Golden Knights winger Valentin Zykov performed in his first sport since serving a 20-game suspension for testing constructive for performing-enhancing medicine. … Alex Tuch has eight factors (4 targets, 4 assists) in six video games. … The Blackhawks are 2-9-5 with sooner or later of relaxation.


Blackhawks: Proceed their three-game highway journey at Arizona on Thursday.

Golden Knights: Play the primary of back-to-back highway video games at St. Louis on Thursday.


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W.G. Ramirez, The Related Press

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