Las Vegas–Tonight at the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition, Marc-André Fleury recorded the first ever victory for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Fleury was among four other netminders from around the league that participated in the GEICO NHL Save Streak competition along with Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, Connor Hellebuyck, and hometown favorite Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Before Fleury came out to backstop the net for the Pacific Division All Stars, Predators goalie Rinne of the Central held the lead with 13 straight shots.
Since the introduction of the shootout round in the NHL back in the 2005-06 season, Fleury’s lifetime save percentage up to this point was recorded at .737.
In the early stages of the competition round, Fleury made the first save for the Pacific Division as he denied Buffalo Sabres Jack Eichel who tried to go glove side on the 3-time NHL All Star.
Round two was where Fleury would give up the first goal of the competition when Aleksander Barkov beat him upstairs stick side.
From the rounds three thru 14 Fleury was lights out and when tied Rinne at 13 straight he stopped Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand. But that was not the best save of the night. The highlight reel moment which took place during that span was when Fleury made an amazing stone wall type stop in acrobatic fashion on Tampa Bay Lightnings Brayden Point.
Here is the highlight reel moment that helped Fleury enabled him to write himself the history books for the Vegas Golden Knights.
— LNH (@LNH_FR) January 28, 2018
Upside-down Flower or upside-down brick wall? 🌸 🙃
— NHL (@NHL) January 28, 2018
The other shooter he conceded to in the competition was Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov in 17th round.
“Another victory for the Vegas Golden Knights. Is anybody surprised? Said NHL on NBC play by play broadcaster Kenny Albert.
Champion As Always For Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury of the @GoldenKnights made sure Atlantic Division shooters were "Frozen" on his way to capturing the GEICO NHL Save Streak with 14 consecutive stops. #NHLAllStar #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/NrWgqNA9NH
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 28, 2018
Fleury All Smiles After Becoming Champion
Flower very happy scoring the first ever #VegasBorn victory in the 2018 #NHLAllStarSkillsCompetition as the NHL Save Streak Champion with 14 straight saves. #VGK #GoldenKnights #BoldInGold #HistoryMade pic.twitter.com/q1DgHq3rPx
— The Vegas Roundtable (@VegasKOTR) January 28, 2018