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Golden Knights aim to locate offense in encounter vs. Kings

Field Level Media
12 Apr 2021, 21:55 GMT+10

Another game, another milestone for Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Vegas Golden Knights goaltender stopped 14 shots in a 1-0 win over the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Sunday to move into a tie with two of his childhood idols.

The victory was the 484th of Fleury's NHL career, tying him with Ed Belfour for fourth all-time.

The shutout was his 66th, tying him for 15th on the career list with Patrick Roy.

Fleury will have a chance to surpass those Hall of Famers on Monday when the Golden Knights open a two-game series at the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. The teams also will play in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"Pretty big honor," Fleury said. "I'm very fortunate I've played with some great teams, a lot of great teammates. I'm very fortunate to be here now."

Fleury snapped a personal three-game losing streak.

"The past few games had been hard. Couldn't get a win. Took a while," Fleury said. "Maybe we weren't scoring much as we used to, but I didn't make the key saves to keep us in and get us those wins. (Sunday) was a different style game, a little harder mentality, but it was nice to get the win in the end."

Fleury didn't exactly get a lot of support during the skid. Vegas, which averages 3.2 goals per game, tallied just one goal for the fifth time in Fleury's past seven starts. The Golden Knights scored just 10 times overall in those seven games.

"The guys have been so good to me, (they) help me out defensively," Fleury said. "Again (Sunday) we scored one, but we also played really well and didn't give them much."

Vegas' lone goal came from Tomas Nosek at 10:38 of the third period off a pass from Jonathan Marchessault.

Nosek, a 28-year-old left wing from the Czech Republic, has six goals and 13 points over his past 17 games. His seven goals this season are one shy of tying his career high, set in 2018-19 and matched in the following campaign.

"He's a quiet guy," Marchessault said of Nosek. "It's been four years (that he's been on the team), so we're getting more out of him now. He's a great professional, works really hard. On the ice, he's playing a great game for us. He's playing a straight-line game, he's playing in every zone for us. He's a threat for the opponent, now."

The Kings are coming off a 4-2 victory Saturday at San Jose.

Jeff Carter -- traded late Sunday to the Pittsburgh Penguins -- scored in the first period for Los Angeles, and Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Iafallo and Dustin Brown scored three unanswered goals in the second.

"We all create so many chances," Athanasiou said. "It's a little crazy how many chances we've had and empty nets we've missed. It's just the way it goes sometimes. Those bounces went our way (Saturday)."

The Kings, who had lost seven of their previous nine prior to Saturday's game, remain six points out of a playoff spot with 16 games remaining

"It's a perfect time to get hot," Athanasiou said. "You never know with the way the structure is this year, and every team playing each other so much. It's the time to get hot. You gotta get rolling."

--Field Level Media

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