The Vegas Golden Knights gave up a late lead to the San Jose Sharks and needed overtime to decide the game. Two wonderful plays later the VGK won the game and took a 2-1 series lead.
Vegas Golden Knights Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is no stranger to the pressure of overtime playoff hockey. On Monday night—actually, early Tuesday morning—Fleury made the best save of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs up to now.
Fleury robbed the Sharks Logan Couture of the game-winning goal with an ‘OMG’ save just three minutes and 10 seconds into the overtime.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski faked a wrap around and passed the puck out to the front to an open Couture. Fleury was already down on the ice on his backside yet was able to make the incredible save with his glove hand and preserve the 3-3 tie for the moment.
“Game-saver from Flower there with the glove. Unbelievable,” Golden Knights forward James Neal said to NHL.com following the game.
Fleury made 39 saves on the night for his sixth win in the playoffs this postseason.
William Karlsson with the game winner
Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson scored the game-winning overtime goal on Monday night to give the VGK a 2-1 series lead in the best of seven contest.
Karlsson took a cross-ice pass from James Neal and skated down the right side of the ice to beat San Jose Sharks goalie Marion Jones on a spectacular shot to the upper left-hand corner to end the game, 4-3.
The goal was Karlsson’s fourth of the playoffs and gives the home-ice advantage back to the Golden Knights.
Game four of the Western Conference series will continue on Wednesday night in San Jose at the SAP Center, 10 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.