Marc-André Fleury’s poor play behind the net brings Habs to life against Golden Knights in Game 3
Marc-André Fleury was just two minutes behind the Golden Knights’ backing to win Game 3 against the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Then he tried to play the puck behind his net.
He failed. Wrong.
Fleury’s mistake put the puck on Josh Anderson’s stick, and Anderson quickly returned it to an open net for a tying goal. The teams finished in overtime on Friday in Montreal.
Anderson scored again at 12:53 of the overtime to give Montreal a 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Vegas dominated Montreal 40-21 in regulation (and 45-27 for the game), but Fleury’s counterpart at net, Carey Price, kept his team in the game with saves like that crooked save from Alex Tuch. .
Price’s play put the Habs in a position to pursue a tie in the final minutes, then Fleury handed it over to them. Montreal squeezed in the dying seconds as well, and Fleury had to make a precise stop just before the horn of the third period.
Fleury has started 15 of Vegas’ 16 playoff games this year. He started Friday with a 1.92 goals against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs.
The winner of the Vegas-Montreal semi-final will advance to the Stanley Cup final.