The Golden Knights are a wagon right now. After a disappointing result in game one, Vegas has been lights out since. Game one resulted in a 1-0 overtime loss for Vegas on a flukey goal by Joel Eriksson-Ek. Ever since allowing that goal, Marc-Andre Fleury has been standing on his head for Vegas. He was the rock to the Golden Knights’ Cinderella run in 2018 and it seems he is back to that form once again.
Ever since the game one loss, Fleury has been a brick wall. In three games since that loss, Fleury has only allowed three goals. One of these games includes a shutout. Fleury has been through a lot of emotions since the addition of Robin Lehner last season, but this seems to be his team once again. He will need to continue this dominant play in order for Vegas to try and make it back to the final for the second time in four seasons.
The Golden Knights have a wide variety of goal scorers in their top-six forward group. Players like Mark Stone, Alex Tuch, and Reilly Smith can change the game in a matter of minutes. One of the most underrated parts of this team has to be that their bottom-six forward group can also produce some much-needed offense. Tonight, that was on full display.
In the first period, getting the first goal is crucial if you are on the road team. It is even better when you get it from your bottom-six forward group. Nic Roy has been a great fit for Vegas for the past two seasons with the club. Tonight, he got the Golden Knights’ offense rolling with the first goal of the game in the first period. This is his first of the playoffs and his second career playoff goal. He would add an empty-net goal as well to complete the night with two goals.
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Mark Stone Leading the Way
After Alex Tuch dropped a bomb on Minnesota to make it 2-0, it was the captain’s turn to make his mark. Mark Stone has been incredible in his first season as the Vegas Golden Knights’ captain. The whole team revolves around his play and it showed tonight. After Vegas took a penalty in the second period, Mark Stone showed some shorthanded magic. He flies into the zone after turning a puck over and makes a slick move to slip one by Cam Talbot. This put Vegas up 3-0 at the time and the celebration made everyone who saw it want to run through a wall. This guy is a straight electric factory.
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This is Marc-Andre Fleury’s Team
There has been a lot of goalie controversy over the last year with Vegas. Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury are both fantastic goaltenders. After Lehner earned the trust to lead the team in last year’s playoffs, Fleury has now flipped the script. This year is the year of the flower. Marc-Andre Fleury has been rock solid so far in this series.
Fleury has only allowed four goals in these four games against the Wild. The fact that this series hasn’t been a sweep by Vegas just shows how stingy Minnesota can be to this Vegas team. Fleury is a world-class goaltender and human being and he is going to be the biggest difference-maker for a deep playoff run for Vegas. This is his team and it seems Vegas knows that. Tonight, he makes 35 saves on 35 shots for the shutout win. Vegas now leads the series 3-1 as they head back to the fortress for game five.
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