Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 of 35 Winnipeg Jets shots, including a pair of 10-bell saves on Jets center Mark Scheifele, and gave one “wet willy” en route to VGK’s 4-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.
Yes, a “wet willy”.
“There are cameras everywhere, eh? There were scrambles around, I felt left out and nothing to do,” laughed Fleury after he was busted for the small prank on Blake Wheeler.
The Vegas Golden Knights lead the WCF, 2-1 and are just two games away from the Stanley Cup Final, which would be Fleury’s third straight Final appearance. Fleury did not start any games in the past two Eastern Conference Final appearances, as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He did backstop the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009 as the unquestioned starter.
The Golden Knights selected Fleury in the expansion draft last summer.
The 2017-18 playoffs have been Fleury’s rediscovery for many hockey fans and media who may have missed his highlight-worthy performances last year in Round 1 and outright theft of Round 2 for the Penguins against the Washington Capitals.
In Round 1 this year against the L.A. Kings, Fleury allowed only three goals in four games, including two shutouts, as the Golden Knights swept the Kings. In Round 2, he allowed just 14 goals in six games against the San Jose Sharks, also including a pair of shutouts.
In these playoffs, Fleury is 10-3 with a minuscule 1.70 goals against average and .945 save percentage. Fleury was also spectacular in the regular season. Despite missing significant time with injury, Fleury posted a 2.24 goals against average and .924 save percentage in 46 appearances.
If you haven’t yet watched Fleury’s saves on Scheifele and his reaction to getting caught with the “wet willy”, go ahead and click on the video now. Trust us, Fleury will make you smile.