Marc-Andre Fleury Makes Soul-Crushing Save On Maple Leafs’ Petan
- Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves, including a diving glove save late in the third period, for his 450th NHL win, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.
- Fleury (450-255-78) becomes the seventh goaltender in League history to reach the milestone. He is three wins behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for sixth all-time.
“Like I’ve said many times before, I’ve been fortunate to play on some good teams,” Fleury said. “It’s a lot of fun for me to win those games. A lot of fun to win, more than to lose them. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
- With Vegas leading 3-2 at 16:17 of the third period, Fleury dove across the crease to save a shot from Toronto forward Nic Petan with his glove after the initial shot from Ilya Mikheyev hit the crossbar.
“It was fun,” Fleury said. “A little lucky because I didn’t stop the first one because it hit the crossbar. It’s good when you get those second saves to redeem yourself. It was a lot of fun.
“You just enjoy it. You get up, have a little smile. You’re just happy that it didn’t go in. I think as a goalie those are the saves that make you feel like when you’re a player and score a goal. Those are the saves I love to play for.”
- Cody Glass had a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game in the NHL, and Max Pacioretty had two assists for the Golden Knights (11-9-3), who won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 17-19.
- They defeated the Calgary Flames 6-0 on Sunday.
“The last six periods, they’ve been really good,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “Obviously, Toronto put a push on. That’s another good team over there. I thought we played perfect hockey the first two periods.”
- Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Maple Leafs (9-10-4), who are winless in six games (0-5-1).
- It’s the first time the Maple Leafs have done that under coach Mike Babcock since it happened twice in the 2015-16 season (0-5-1 from Oct. 17-31, 2015, and 0-5-1 from Feb. 27-March 7, 2016).
“We need to get a win here,” Spezza said. “It doesn’t matter how it is. If it’s ugly, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.”
NHL Highlights | Maple Leafs vs. Golden Knights – Nov. 19, 2019
- Toronto has been outscored 26-15 during its winless streak. …
- Maple Leafs forward Pierre Engvall was minus-1 in 9:27 in his NHL debut. …
- Maple Leafs forwards John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had two shots on goal. …
- Pacioretty extended his point streak to three games (two goals, four assists). …
- Golden Knights forward William Karlsson’s goal/point streak ended at three games. …
- Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault extended his point streak to six games (two goals, four assists). …
- Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt has five assists in his past two games.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; VGK, TOR Maple Leafs