Fleury earns 500th win in Chicago's 2-0 win over Canadiens
Blackhawks Canadiens Hockey Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury fends off Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin after clearing the puck during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, December 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) (Paul Chiasson)MONTREAL — (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and earned his 500th career win as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Thursday night. Toews scored at 13:48 of the second period on the power play. He intercepted Alexander Romanov’s pass in front of Allen’s net and easily tapped his second goal of the season.wftv.com
Hughes scores 2, lifts Devils past Blackhawks in OT
Blackhawks Devils Hockey New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) celebrates after scoring past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen (32) in overtime of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Newark, N.J. Dominik Kubalik and Kirby Dach forced the overtime, scoring in the final 3:53 of regulation with the Blackhawks' net empty. Dach got his goal on a rebound in close while Kubalik got his second in two games with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. DeBrincat tied it 51 seconds into the second period on a power play. The game was the first between the teams since the Blackhawks beat the Devils 2-1 on Dec. 6, 2019.wftv.com
Vegas trades Fleury to Chicago as goalie carousel spins
NHL Moves Hockey FILE - Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) plays in the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, in this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo. Reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has been traded from Vegas to Chicago and is contemplating his future, according to his agent. Allan Walsh tweeted Tuesday that Fleury had still not heard from the Golden Knights about the deal. The 36-year-old goalie did not have Chicago on his 10-team no-trade list but did not want to play for any team other than Vegas. He started 16 of the Golden Knights' 19 playoff games over Robin Lehner, who is signed for four more seasons.wftv.com
Oilers' McDavid doubles up as Hart, Lindsay award winner
McDavid was voted the Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's MVP for the second time in his career, Tuesday, June 29. McDavid became just the second unanimous Hart selection — joining Wayne Gretzky in 1982 — in receiving all 100 first-place votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. McDavid doubled up on honors by also winning his third Ted Lindsay Award as the league’s most outstanding player, which is voted on by NHL players. Fox became the second player to win the Norris in his second season, joining Bobby Orr winning in 1968. The Oilers players have now won the Hart in three of the past five years, with Draisaitl winning it last year.wftv.com
Canadiens' Joel Armia cleared to travel, may play in Game 1
(AP Photo/David Becker) (David Becker)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia has been cleared from COVID-19 protocol and could play against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. The #StanleyTweets social media endeavor launches on the day of Game 1 of the final between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. “Because of the way social media influences everything now and the way fans have become instrumental in teams’ social media sites and cheering on their favorite players and teams, it’s a natural now." NHL social media director Sean Dennison said the hope is for tweets that evoke emotion and sentimentality with some humor mixed in. “The modern day fan experience really does take place on social media and especially on Twitter.wftv.com
Canadiens' Armia in COVID-19 protocol day before Cup Final
(Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) (Paul Chiasson)Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia has been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and won’t travel with the team to Tampa Bay on Sunday, a day before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. General manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement after Armia was not at practice in Montreal before the Canadiens traveled to play the Lightning. It’s unclear how long Armia will be in the protocol or whether he tested positive. The Canadiens are without interim coach Dominique Ducharme, who remains in isolation since testing positive for COVID on June 18. Ducharme missed the final four games of Montreal’s six-game semifinal series win over Vegas.wftv.com
Roy scores 1:18 into OT, Vegas-Montreal series tied 2-2
The Golden Knights turned the tables in Game 4 by rallying from a one-goal deficit two days after blowing two one-goal leads in a 3-2 overtime loss. Paul Byron scored on a breakaway with 1:05 left in the second period, and Carey Price stopped 17 shots. McNabb tied the game by converting William Karlsson’s pass from behind the Montreal net with 9:23 left in regulation. The Golden Knights announced before the game that general manager Kelly McCrimmon was placed in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The Canadiens played their second game minus interim coach Dominique Ducharme, who was placed in self-isolation after testing positive before Game 3 on Friday.wftv.com
Vegas goalie Fleury laughs off flub, looks forward to Game 4
Game 4 of this Stanley Cup semifinal is Sunday night at Montreal, with Vegas down 2-1 after losing two straight. In going 0 of 4 on the man advantage, the Golden Knights have converted just 4 of 38 power-play chances in 16 postseason games. I just don’t think you just pinpoint one,” Reilly Smith said of the power-play concerns. Coach Peter DeBoer took exception to the notion of the Golden Knights making things difficult on themselves once again in the playoffs. Now the Golden Knights face the challenge of putting behind a potentially demoralizing outing in which they squandered two one-goal leads.wftv.com
Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2 in OT to take 2-1 lead
Golden Knights Canadiens Hockey Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson scores past Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) (Paul Chiasson)MONTREAL — (AP) — Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the night at 12:53 of overtime, Carey Price made 43 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Friday night to a take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinal series. Anderson scored after he knocked down an aerial pass at the offensive blue line. Luke Richardson took over behind and directed the Canadiens to their fourth overtime victory in these playoffs. Nicolas Roy and Alex Pietrangelo scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.wftv.com
Vegas opens Stanley Cup semifinal with 4-1 win over Montreal
Canadiens Golden Knights Hockey Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) celebrates after the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup semifinal. Fleury, whose 90th career playoff win leaves him two shy of tying Grant Fuhr for third place all-time, has now allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 13 playoff appearances this season. Alec Martinez, Mattias Janmark, and Nick Holden also scored for the Golden Knights, who were vividly fueled by an announced crowd of 17,884 glow-stick waving fans. Teams that win Game 1 are 108-50 (.684) winning a best-of-7 NHL semifinals series.wftv.com
Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs up 2-0 in series vs. Knights
APTOPIX Golden Knights Avalanche Hockey Colorado Avalanche players congratulate Mikko Rantanen after his overtime goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Denver. That’s what you need if you want to win the Cup.”The Golden Knights weren't pleased with the slashing call. The Avs and Golden Knights split the eight games in the regular season and finished tied for the most points in the league. “If we keep playing the way we did tonight, we all have confidence in our team that we can come back in the series,” Fleury said. AROUND THE RINKColorado is 14-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series when winning the first two games since relocating to Denver in 1995-96.wftv.com
Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs up 2-0 in series vs. Knights
Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal 2:07 into overtime, Philipp Grubauer outdueled fellow Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs up 2-0 in series vs. Knights
Mikko Rantanen found himself in the middle of an on-ice swarm from teammates after scoring the winner. Wonderful and all, but he wanted to make sure the real star of the show received his fair share of the credit, too — goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Rantanen scored a power-play goal 2:07 into overtime, Grubauer outdueled fellow Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.news.yahoo.com
Janmark has hat trick to lead Vegas to Game 7 win over Wild
(AP Photo/Joe Buglewicz) (Joe Buglewicz)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Mattias Janmark had his first career hat trick and the Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 6-2 win Friday night in Game 7 of their opening-round series. It marked the first time the Golden Knights hosted a Game 7 after losing in San Jose in 2018 and defeating Vancouver in Edmonton last year. It was also the first time Vegas clinched a playoff series at home. Nic Hague, Max Pacioretty and Zach Whitecloud also scored for Vegas. Peter DeBoer improved to 6-0 when coaching in Game 7s, while Minnesota dropped to 3-1 all-time in a seventh game.wftv.com
Wild stave off elimination with just 14 shots, top Vegas 4-2
APTOPIX Wild Golden Knights Hockey Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (18) celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, May 24, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Cam Talbot made 37 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 despite having only 14 shots on goal to stave off elimination in their opening-round playoff series on Monday night. Vegas, which was looking to close out a playoff series at home for the first time, leads the series 3-2. Mark Stone and Alec Martinez scored for the Golden Knights. It marked the first time the Golden Knights allowed three goals in a playoff period in 11 games, dating to the postseason bubble last season.wftv.com
Vegas surges past Wild for 5-2 win to take 2-1 series lead
Cam Talbot, who made 42 saves in his overtime shutout in Game 1, was way too busy in the net. The Golden Knights had a staggering 36-9 shots advantage after the first period. The Wild produced the strong start they promised, taking the lead just 2:16 into the game on one of the prettiest passes of the playoffs. Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer challenged that Wild were offside on the play, though, and the replay review confirmed it. SO MUCH FOR A DAY OFFThe Golden Knights were informed Wednesday they had nine positive tests for COVID-19, forcing them to delay their flight to Minnesota and scramble those affected into quarantine.wftv.com
Fresh Fleury gives Golden Knights big boost vs. Wild
Wild Golden Knights Hockey Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks the puck during the third period against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) (David Becker)The Vegas Golden Knights stuck to a true rotation for their goaltenders down the stretch of the season, alternating Marc-Andre Fleury without much dropoff in performance to Robin Lehner. Game 3 is Thursday night in Minnesota (9:30 p.m. EDT, NBC Sports Network), after the Wild gained a split on the Las Vegas Strip. But who knows?”What's clear is how well Fleury, who recently moved into third place on the NHL's all-time wins list, has played for a Golden Knights team that again has Stanley Cup aspirations. Leading scorer Kirill Kaprizov has been blanketed by the Golden Knights defense.wftv.com
Eriksson Ek’s OT goal lifts Wild past Vegas 1-0
LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek’s goal at 3:20 of overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday. Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 42 shots he faced. Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, the first goalie in NHL history to play in 15 consecutive postseasons, made 29 saves. After Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo failed to clear the puck, Eriksson Ek was in the slot to send a shot that went off the skate of Golden Knights defender Alec Martinez and past Fleury. Talbot got some help from his skaters, too, as they registered 11 blocked shots to help keep the game scoreless.wftv.com
Avs beat Golden Knights 3-2 in delayed Lake Tahoe game
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) races for the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of of Outdoor Lake Tahoe NHL hockey game at Stateline, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli))STATELINE, Nev. – Nathan MacKinnon scored a dazzling goal more than nine hours after assisting on another to highlight a most unusual and lengthy outdoor game at Lake Tahoe that the Colorado Avalanche won 3-2 over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. Although it’s fair to say that none of those had the picturesque setting of this rink located on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surrounded by trees with snow-covered mountains towering in the background. Fleury made 36 saves for Vegas and fell to 0-3 in three career outdoor game starts. AdPART 1The Avs controlled the play under the sun, getting an early goal from Girard and outshooting Vegas 17-8 in the first 20 minutes.
Tahoe setting is 'mic drop' moment for outdoor NHL games
Workers put the finishing touches on the temporary ice rink, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, built at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort, that will host two NHL games, this weekend at Stateline, Nev. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)STATELINE, Nev. – Some players snapped pictures of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains as they came out for their first look at the picturesque outdoor rink that will host a pair of NHL games this weekend. This is a drop the mic type outdoor rink. The guys really, really enjoyed it today. The only thing we’re missing is fans.”AdWith the COVID-19 pandemic limiting attendance at games, the NHL took the opportunity to hold a pair of outdoor games at a unique setting unlike the 30 previous outdoor games at stadiums.
Golden Knights' 3 PP goals spoil Sharks home debut, 3-1
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) reacts after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jonathan Marchessault scored the first of Vegas’ three power-play goals and the Golden Knights spoiled San Jose’s first home game in nearly a year with a 3-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday. San Jose was given the unbalanced schedule because of local restrictions that banned contact sports and practices, forcing the Sharks to hold training camp in Arizona. He was hired last January by Vegas but hadn’t faced San Jose until Saturday. SIMEK SIDELINEDSharks D Radim Simek left in the second period after taking two hard hits from Marchessault.
The Latest: NHL says Tomas Nosek of Vegas out with COVID
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrates after defenseman Zach Whitecloud, left, scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NHL says Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek has tested positive for COVID-19 after he was removed from playing in a 5-4 win over Anaheim on Tuesday night. The NHL says the Golden Knights home game against the Ducks remains scheduled for Thursday, pending test results of players and staff on both teams. In other coronavirus pandemic developments, Minnesota forward Victor Rask was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 list. The Wild now have 13 players on the list, with their games postponed through at least Saturday.
Vegas signs Alex Pietrangelo to $61.6M, seven-year contract
The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms on a $61.6 million, seven-year contract with top free agent Pietrangelo, a person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. Before registering Pietrangelo's contract, the Golden Knights traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round pick, clearing his $5.95 million cap hit off the books. The 30-year-old leaves the St. Louis Blues after serving as captain of their 2019 Stanley Cup championship team.