CHICAGO — Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves through overtime and two more stops in the shootout, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
Fleury was beaten by Jonathan Toews in the first round of the tiebreaker, and then turned away attempts by Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat. Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore beat Robin Lehner on the other end, giving Vegas the victory after it lost 6-2 at Philadelphia on Monday night.
It was win No. 446 for Fleury, snapping a tie with Terry Sawchuck for seventh on the NHL career list. The Golden Knights also improved to 7-0-0 against the Blackhawks since entering the league for the 2017-18 season.
Kirby Dach scored his first goal in his second NHL game for Chicago, and Lehner had 33 saves in an impressive performance. Dach was selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Lehner, who signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the Blackhawks in July, was working on his 15th career shutout when the Golden Knights replaced Fleury with an extra attacker late in the third period. Nick Holden then tied it at 1 when he shot it between Lehner’s legs with 1:33 left.
Vegas had a power-play opportunity in overtime, but Chicago killed it off. Lehner had a great stop on Max Pacioretty’s one-timer with 22.8 seconds left.
Standing all alone right outside the goalmouth, the 18-year-old Dach got the Blackhawks on the board when a deflected puck went off his left leg and into the net 16:15 into the first.
Dach celebrated by skating away and pumping his right arm as the crowd of 21,172 cheered wildly.
Chicago almost added to its lead in the second, but Fleury made a tumbling save on DeBrincat’s shot off a slick pass by Toews. Brandon Saad had a one-timer go off the post with about 6:40 left.
Lehner denied William Carrier on a couple of prime chances in the second. First, Lehner kicked Carrier’s shot away about five minutes into the period. Lehner also got in the way of another Carrier try with about four minutes left.
The Blackhawks acquired D Ian McCoshen in a trade with Florida for forward Aleksi Saarela in a swap of minor leaguers. The 24-year-old McCoshen, a second-round draft pick in 2013, will report to Rockford of the American Hockey League. … Chicago dropped to 2-2-2 on a seven-game homestand.
Golden Knights: Open a four-game homestand Friday night against Colorado.
Blackhawks: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.
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