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Fleury shines for Golden Knights against Jets in Game 3

Makes 33 saves for Vegas, which is two wins from Stanley Cup Final

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele had already scored twice against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday.

Fleury made sure he wouldn't score a third time.

 

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With the Golden Knights leading 3-2 at 10:21 of the third period, Scheifele received a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler for a one-timer from the left circle. Fleury made the save with his right pad.

Scheifele, who leads the NHL with 14 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, got the rebound in the slot and shot toward an open net before Fleury dove across the crease to make the save with his body.

Video: WPG@VGK, Gm3: Fleury makes amazing saves on Scheifele

Winnipeg outshot Vegas 16-8 in the third period and 32-20 after the first.

But Fleury finished with 33 saves, and the Golden Knights won 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with Game 4 here on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN1, TVAS). 

It was just another day at the office for Fleury.

"I was having a little fun," he said. "They were good chances and I was happy to get, especially that second one. The emotion, I was having a little fun in there."

Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said, "He's made unbelievable saves. They were obviously important at a key time for us. That's Fleury. He's been great all playoffs, he's been great all year for us. He's a guy that has fun out there. I'm sweating on the bench yelling my head off and I look down there and he's just having fun."

After allowing four goals in Game 1 (a 4-2 loss), Fleury has allowed three goals (.955 save percentage) in the past two games against a Winnipeg team that has scored 3.33 goals per game in the playoffs. 

 "Unbelievable," Vegas forward Alex Tuch said. "He had how many, 30-something saves this game? He had a lot of unbelievable saves. [Winnipeg] had a lot of good looks."

The Golden Knights are two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, and the main reason is, arguably, their goaltender. Fleury, who is going for his third straight Stanley Cup and fourth overall, has four shutouts and leads all remaining goaltenders in save percentage (.945) and goals-against average (1.70).

"I don't think anybody saw us here," Fleury said. "It's been a long season. It's been a lot of fun to be part of it. Really proud to be proud of this team and the way these guys have been working. We deserve to be here."

Video: WPG@VGK, Gm3: Fleury discusses Vegas' Game 3 win

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