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Fleury makes 36 saves, Golden Knights defeat Wild for fourth straight win

Wins in 10th consecutive start, Vegas sweeps two-game set

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

Marchessault fires home a wrister

MIN@VGK: Marchessault wrists a shot past Talbot

Jonathan Marchessault gets a pass and fires a wrist shot over the shoulder of Cam Talbot from the circle, extending the Golden Knights lead

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LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights won their fourth consecutive game, 5-1 against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Fleury made his 10th straight start (7-3-0) for the Golden Knights (14-4-1), who won the first two games against the Wild this season. Mark Stone, Alex Tuch, Chandler Stephenson and William Karlsson each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas.

"The more you play, you just go out and play and not think as much," Fleury said. "You react to what's happening in front of you. You just wait for the puck more. The play slows down a little bit, so it's been good."

Video: MIN@VGK: Fleury shuts down Spurgeon with glove save

The Wild (12-7-1) lost in regulation for the first time since Feb. 16, a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Marcus Foligno scored his third goal in two games, and Cam Talbot made 23 saves.

"Not to get goals tonight was frustrating," Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. "It seemed like every opportunity they got it was in our net. Every opportunity that we got, Fleury seemed to be there, or we didn't finish. That was frustrating."

The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead at 2:03 of the first period when Tuch received a cross-ice, backhand pass from Cody Glass along the boards and scored glove side.

Tuch, selected No. 18 by the Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft, was traded from Minnesota as part of Vegas selecting forward Erik Haula in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

"It's been the same since Year One. Whenever we play those other teams, we have that chip on our shoulder," Tuch said. "I like playing against the Wild. It's been a lot of fun beating them, that's for sure."

Video: MIN@VGK: Tuch fires a puck past Talbot to make it 1-0

Marchessault made it 2-0 at 5:03 of the second period, and Foligno scored at 9:58 to make it 2-1 off a rebound.

Stone scored his first goal since Feb. 13 at 11:08 of the third period to make it 3-1 off a 2-on-1 with Stephenson.

Stephenson made it 4-1 at 16:38, and Karlsson scored into an empty net at 17:41 for the 5-1 final.

"I don't think the score really showed what the game was today," Wild captain Jared Spurgeon said. "I think it was a lot closer to that until the end. As a group, we've just got to keep working and fine-tune our game."

Video: MIN@VGK: Stephenson finds top corner with backhand

Fleury allowed a season-high four goals Monday, a 5-4 overtime victory for Vegas.

"Obviously it didn't go the way I wanted the last game," he said. "It was good to know them a little bit, to know their tendencies. I don't think you can plan too much. You just have to be patient."

NOTES: Forward Zach Parise was a healthy scratch for the first time in his nine seasons with the Wild. He's played 532 games with Minnesota. … Fleury played his 861st NHL game, passing Gump Worsley for 12th in NHL history for goalies. He's seven from tying Grant Fuhr for 11th. … Stone, who had five assists Monday, has 14 assists in 14 games against Minnesota. … Stephenson has scored more points (34) in 60 regular-season games with Vegas than in 168 games (33) with the Washington Capitals. Vegas acquired Stephenson in a trade with Washington on Dec. 2, 2019 for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. … Karlsson is four points from 200 with the Golden Knights, and Marchessault is five away.

Video: Stone, Karlsson earn two points each in win over Wild

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