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Golden Knights Victorious In Second Fleury Return Game

The Vegas Golden Knights (47-22-7, 101 points) surpassed 100 points in their victory over the Minneso…



The Vegas Golden Knights (47-22-7, 101 points) surpassed 100 points in their victory over the Minnesota Wild (44-23-9, 97 points) and former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury. Teddy Blueger went back into the lineup, forcing Pavel Dorofeyev out, and Laurent Brossoit got the start.

Here's how it went down.


  • MIN PP- After a rush into the offensive zone, Jonathan Marchessault hooked a player behind the play.
  • Mason Shaw collided into the end boards near the Wild's net and twisted up his legs. He left the game and did not return.
  • 1-0 MIN GOAL- John Klingberg shot a puck from the blue line that just bounced in off Matt Boldy.
  • It took the Golden Knights over seven minutes to land their first shot of the game on Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • On a nice passing play, Jonathan Marchessault accepted the puck in the slot but aired it over the cage.
  • 4 on 4- A scrum ensued between the benches, with William Karlsson and Joel Eriksson Ek going to the box after the dust settled.
  • The game continued to have an edge to it with several big hits and post-whistle scrums.
  • 1-1 VGK GOAL- Jack Eichel gained separation and found Ben Hutton in the slot, who once again scored on Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • Brandon Duhaime accepted a pass in the slot and made a couple of slick moves to get a decent shot on Laurent Brossoit.
  • 2-1 VGK GOAL- Right off the faceoff, Zach Whitecloud's wrist shot had eyes and sped to the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.


  • Jack Eichel shot a stretch pass to the stick of Ivan Barbashev, who went in on a breakaway but was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • 3-1 VGK GOAL- Right after the aforementioned play, Ivan Barbashev found Brett Howden cutting to the slot, and he scored.
  • William Karlsson tried to cheekily sneak in a goal from behind the goal line, but Marc-Andre Fleury was able to seal his post in time.
  • Laurent Brossoit made a strong glove save on Joel Eriksson Ek roughly midway through the period and game.
  • VGK PP- Ryan Hartman was called for hooking Phil Kessel, which gave the VGK their first powerplay of the game.
  • Nicolas Roy took a puck to the face, left the ice for repairs, and then returned without missing a shift.
  • VGK PP- Chandler Stephenson was tripped up pretty obviously by Jake Middleton, who went to the box.
  • 4 on 4- With 30 seconds left on the powerplay, Nicolas Roy made it 4 on 4, taking a holding penalty.
  • Out of the box, Nicolas Roy and Jack Eichel raced off on a 2 on 1 but were denied in their scoring attempt.


  • Ryan Reaves had a great chance in the slot, but Laurent Brossoit came up with a huge save on the noted goal scorer. 
  • On another Wild chance, they hit the post at a weird angle, resulting in the puck kicking back quickly in a weird manner.
  • Ivan Barbashev found Jack Eichel in the slot for a chance, but Marc-Andre Fleury made the stop.
  • Brayden McNabb pinched on the play to get a shot on Marc-Andre Fleury, who made a cat-like glove save for show.
  • Phil Kessel was stopped two times on one shift by Marc-Andre Fleury. One on a breakaway shot, the other a side-to-side stop.
  • 4-1 VGK GOAL- The Wild pulled Marc-Andre Fleury with 3:36 left in regulation for the extra attacker. Chandler Stephenson would add an ENG later.


  • In his second return to T-Mobile Arena, Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals and put up a .912 save percentage.
  • Ben Hutton has now scored a goal in both of Fleury's two return games to T-Mobile Arena.
  • The Golden Knights have surpassed the 100-point mark for the second time in their history, with year one marking the only other time.
  • With an assist, Alex Pietrangelo hit the 50-point mark on the season for the first time in his VGK career and first since 2019-20.
  • It was a very physical game with several big hits and post-whistle scrums and a playoff feel to it. Combined, there were 61 hits.
  • Although he didn't play due to injury, happy 32nd birthday to Golden Knight's forward, Reilly Smith.
  • Elsewhere in the league, the Stars, Kings, and Wild (obviously) failed to clinch a playoff spot, but the Edmonton Oilers did.

VHN's Player of the Game: Ben Hutton, because when else can we have him as our POTG?

Up Next: The Golden Knights will play the Wild once more on Monday at 7:00 p.m. from Minnesota.

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