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Fleury wins save streak at Skills Competition

Golden Knights goaltender does not allow goal in 14 straight shots

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TAMPA -- Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury did not allow a goal on 14 consecutive shots to win the GEICO NHL Save Streak event in the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Fleury defeated Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a streak of 13.

 

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"Pekka did a great job. I didn't even see why I should go, there's no way I can beat that," Fleury said. "I got a few posts and got a little lucky." 

Fleury, facing shooters from the Atlantic Division, allowed a goal by Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov on the second shot but was unscored upon in 14 consecutive shooters before Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored on a backhand after Fleury committed to a fake.

After Barkov scored, Fleury was resigned to not beating Rinne's total.

"I didn't think I could put up 13 like Rinne did, so I was like, just have some fun with it, and that worked out all right," Fleury said.

Video: Save Streak: Fleury wins with 14 straight saves

Rinne also didn't think anyone would touch his run of 13 shots without a goal, which came against the Metropolitan Division. 

"Once Marc-Andre started getting up there, 10, 11, I was like, oh, boy," Rinne said. "That was pretty impressive. That was awesome."

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (5) finished third, followed by Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (3) and the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy (3). 

During the first round, Fleury denied Lightning forward Brayden Point with a glove save that sent him tumbling through the crease.

"That was fun," Fleury said. "He was like a crowd favorite, so it was nice to calm everybody down a little bit. That was nice."

The goaltenders allowed 11 goals on 62 shots.

"The event was good," Rinne said. "I thought it was good to get the goalies involved. In the past, I feel like we were just a cone out there, as a prop. In the past, we had those funny shootouts [Breakaway Challenge] and you were supposed to give up a goal. I liked it. It was a cool idea and it is well-executed. The fans love to see that kind of stuff; they love to see breakaways and they like to see individual skill. I thought that was a lot of fun."

All 36 skaters participated in the event, a shootout grouped by division when goalies competed to make the most consecutive saves. Each goalie faced one opposing division and a minimum of nine scoring attempts. 

Each scoring attempt was officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules. Players from each division shot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the division captain shooting ninth. A goalie's round could not end with a save. If the captain's shot was saved, the goalie continued to face shooters until a goal was scored. 

Results

Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights, 14 saves

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 13

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 5

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, 3

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets, 3

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