Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights took on the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in their 4th game of the preseason.
The much-anticipated debut was made tonight for 3-time Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Marc-André Fleury.
During training camp, at “City National Arena” Fleury was putting in his work and time (reps) that prepped him for his 1st start between the pipes since game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the first period of the game, Vegas opened the scoring on the power play with forward Teemu Pulkkinen who was able to sneak one past Anaheim netminder John Gibson courtesy of the one-timer feed pass by defenseman Brad Hunt.
Pulkkinen’s marker came at the 5:50 from Hunt and TJ Tynan. For Hunt, it was his 4th assist of the preseason while Tynan recorded his 2nd.
At the 17:40 mark of the 1st period, Vegas struck again to extend their lead 2-0, this time by defenseman Jake Bischoff.
Bischoff’s marker was caused by a faceoff win by forward Keegan Kolesar who dished it out to William Karlsson and fed the puck to an open Bischoff as he fired it past Gibson.
During the second period, the Golden Knights continued to put the rubber past Ducks goalie Gibson, this time the 3rd goal scorer for Vegas Tomas Hyka at the 5:41 mark. Defenseman Hunt would tally his 5th helper in preseason action.
This was Hyka’s 4th goal in the three games played in preseason action.
At the 11:52 mark of the middle frame, Fleury’s shutout bid was snapped by the Anaheim Ducks. Fleury was caught playing high in his crease and forward Scott Sabourin put the Ducks on the board 3-1 via the backhander.
The Golden Knights would regain their 3 goal cushion at the 14:41 mark of the final period when Pierre-Edouard Bellemare went in on a breakaway in Anaheim’s end of the ice and put it past Gibson via the 5 hole.
In the late stages of the game, the Ducks made it interesting when Giovanni Fiore caught Fleury cheating in his crease to make in 4-2 Golden Knights.
For Vegas, that score would hold and they came away with a 4-2 victory at Honda Center. Fleury stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in his Golden Knights debut.
Fleury Reflects On His 1st Start In A Vegas Golden Knights Uniform
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Hyka (4 goals in 3 games played)
Vegas Golden Knights: Brad Hunt (6 points, 1 goal, and 5 assists)
Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (26 saves @ .929 save percentage)
The Vegas return home to start their 1st ever homestand at T-Mobile Arena this Tuesday as they face against the Los Angeles (the previous owners of the market) at 7:00 pm.