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Fleury gets 50th NHL shutout, Golden Knights top Hurricanes

Makes 34 saves to hand Carolina fourth straight loss

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for his 50th NHL shutout, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Fleury, who has two shutouts this season, tied Chris Osgood for 28th on the all-time shutouts list with his second of the season. 

"It felt like it took me a little while to get there. Nice to round it up," Fleury said. "I think it's always good to get those wins, get those shutouts because of the way the team plays. It was a great game for our team. It's a good feeling, but we've got to keep it going."


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Brad Hunt, Ryan Reaves and William Carrier scored for the Golden Knights (6-7-1), who were 0-2-0 in their previous two games. Erik Haula had two assists.

"To get two points today and play the way we did, it proves to ourselves that we can play this way," Hunt said. "It's huge to get this positive momentum going into the road trip. I think it's a good thing."

Video: Fleury earns Saturday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

Scott Darling made 22 saves for the Hurricanes (6-6-2), who lost their fourth consecutive game (0-3-1) and were shut out for the first time this season. 

"We always try to play the same way," Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. "We had a decent start but we've got to keep pushing. At the same time, we let them get to two and get to three, and it makes it a lot more tough."

The Hurricanes have scored six goals during their losing streak after scoring six in the two games previous (both wins).

"Tonight was probably … the game I didn't like the most out of all of them," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "There wasn't a lot going on for either team, but we've got to find ways to put the puck in the net, and that's been the challenge."

Hunt took a pass from Haula in front of Darling and scored his first goal of the season at 14:11 of the first period to give Vegas a 1-0 lead.

Video: CAR@VGK: Haula, Hunt connect to open the scoring

It was Hunt's second consecutive start and fifth this season.

"It's the way [Hunt] stays ready," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's just a solid guy that plays his role really well. When he gets the opportunity, he plays well."

Reaves made it 2-0 at 2:47 of the second period when he controlled a rebound and beat Darling with a backhand.

Carrier scored his first of the season at 3:36 of the third to give Vegas a 3-0 lead.

"It's not just about the win, but the way we played," Fleury said. "I think we played good from start to finish. That's what we've talked about. If we play like that every night, we'll be in good shape."

Video: CAR@VGK: Reaves backhands home rebound to extend lead


They said it

"I don't think either team did much in front of the net. I didn't see them getting in front of the net. They got the better of us. That early goal in the first put us on our heels, and we weren't able to get one by Fleury." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


"We've had some good games, some bad games. I think we've been inconsistent throughout the beginning of the season. We've had some awesome games too. I feel like sometimes we try too much or make it too pretty. Tonight we kept it simple and did the dirty work, did things right." -- Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury


Need to know

Fleury's win was the 410th of his NHL career. He is 13 away from tying Tony Esposito for ninth all-time. ... Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty (upper body) will travel with Vegas on its upcoming four-game road trip. ... After having at least one point in each of Carolina's first 12 games, forward Sebastian Aho has not scored in the past two games. … Hunt's goal was the second by a Golden Knights defenseman this season (Shea Theodore). … Haula has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past four games after having one assist in the previous seven. ... Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller's next game will be his 200th in the NHL.


What's next

Hurricanes: At the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TSN4, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Video: Fleury, Golden Knights blank Hurricanes, 3-0

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