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Stacking The Pads: Golden Knights Marc-André Fleury Vs. Sharks Martin Jones
(Marc-André Fleury Photo by Kirby Lee/ USA TODAY Sports)
(Martin Jones Photo by unknown)
Las Vegas–As we continue the wait until the second round of the playoffs begin, we take a look at the goaltending matchup between Marc-André Fleury vs. Martin Jones.
For us we take a look at Golden Knights goaltender Fleury who had himself a great first season in a Vegas uniform. He finished the inaugural season in Golden Knights history with a 29-13-4 record which included 4 shutouts.
Fleury also had himself a bounce back year in save percentage at .927 and goals allowed at 2.24 which bested his last years totals in his final season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On the other side of the ice we dive into Jones who finished his third full regular season with the San Jose Sharks. Thru 60 games which has been an average workload for the 28-year-old completed the 2017-18 campaign with a 30-22-6 record and also like Fleury posted 4 shutouts.
Jones recorded a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.55.
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, both the Golden Knights and Sharks faced off against an NHL based franchise out of Southern California.
Game 1 vs. Los Angeles (Fleury)
With backstopping the Vegas net in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Fleury made an outstanding impression to Golden Knights fans at T-Mobile Arena (The Fortress) that Flower meant business in the NHL’s postseason as he made 30 saves against the Los Angeles Kings. Vegas won game 1 by a 1-0 final.
Fleury’s performance in between the pipes, earned him the first ever shutout in franchise history in the playoffs for the Golden Knights. This was also his 11th shutout in Stanley Cup Playoff action.
Game 1 vs. Anaheim (Jones)
Jones opened the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a great start for the San Jose Sharks vs. the Ducks. In the 3-0 win, Jones had slightly less work between the pipes for the Sharks than Fleury did in his first playoff game with Vegas at just 25 saves.
He also earned his 5th shutout in his playoff career.
Game 2 vs. Los Angeles (Fleury)
In the second game of the series we saw a marathon of a contest between the two Pacific Division rivals as this one was the only affair of the series to experienced not one but two overtime periods and the longest ever in Golden Knights history.
Also this was the first game of the series where Fleury allowed a goal in the 2-1 double overtime as he made 29 saves on 30 shots he faced and recorded a .967 save percentage for his efforts.
Game 2 vs. Anaheim (Jones)
With Jones coming off of his 5th shutout of his playoff career he was tested a bit more by the Ducks who did not want to go down in the series but with a stellar performance backstopping the Sharks net, he only allowed just two goals and stopped 28 pucks that Anaheim threw at him on 30 shots.
In the 3-2 win, Jones recorded a .933 save percentage which was a bit less than Fleury’s game two mark by .034 save percentage points.
Game 3 vs. Los Angeles (Fleury)
As the Golden Knights held a 2-0 series lead on the Kings, Fleury experienced his most work because Los Angeles did not want to be in a 3-0 hole. With his experience to lean on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Fleury was up to the task for the Golden Knights as he allowed just 2 goals and made 37 saves on 39 total shots.
The trend also continued for Fleury as he recorded a .949 save percentage which was his third best of the series.
Game 3 vs. Anaheim (Jones)
Game three for the San Jose Sharks was a much different kind of contest vs. the previous two contest as they put on an offensive clinic on the Ducks in the 8-1 rout that feature eight different goal scorers.
But it was also Jones’s most busiest game of the series as the desperate Ducks made him work in stopping 45 of 46 shots. He would also finish game three with his best performance of the series at a .978 save percentage.
Game 4 vs. Los Angeles (Fleury)
For Fleury, he would bookend this series just like his did in the opener with shutout and all he needed was stopping just 31 shots that the Kings put on him. The Golden Knights defeated LA 1-0.
He also earned his 2nd playoff shutout in a Golden Knights uniform and the 12th overall in postseason action.
He would finish the series with an outstanding .977 save percentage average, made 127 saves and faced 130 shots from the Los Angeles.
Game 4 vs. Anaheim (Jones)
For Jones he did not bookend the final game of the series as he managed to give up just 1 goal to the Ducks. However, he made up for it with a solid performance in net for San Jose at an impressive .968 save percentage on 30 saves of 31 shots. The Sharks beat Anaheim 2-1 in game 4.
Jones finished the series at a .007 less than Fleury did in overall save percentage at .970, stopped 128 of 132 shots he faced by the Ducks.
This battle coming up in the 2nd round between the Golden Knights and Sharks based on the performances by both Fleury and Jones in the previous round of the playoffs looks like we are in for potential goaltenders duel once again.
Vegas did however win the season series on San Jose with a 3-0-1 record. There only loss was at “The Shark Tank” that featured a 2-1 defeat in overtime.