Fleury gets win in return to Vegas, Blackhawks defeat Golden Knights


LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in his return to Las Vegas, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

It was Fleury’s first game against his former team since he was traded to the Blackhawks on July 27. Fleury played four seasons with the Golden Knights after they selected him in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 117 of his 502 NHL victories with the Golden Knights.

Jujhar Khaira and Riley Stillman scored for the Blackhawks (12-18-5), who ended a six-game skid (0-3-3). Chicago last won Dec. 15, 5-4 in overtime against the Washington Capitals. The Blackhawks had four games postponed from Dec. 21-29 due to COVID-19.

Ben Hutton scored his first goal with the Golden Knights, and Robin Lehner made 19 saves.

The Golden Knights (23-14-1) lost for the third time in four games after winning seven of their previous eight.

Hutton gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 5:17 of the first period following a face-off from the left circle.

Khaira tied it 1-1 at 4:38 of the second period on a 2-on-1.

Stillman gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 14:21 of the second after his shot deflected off Vegas forward Brett Howden‘s leg and redirected to Lehner’s stick side.

Fleury played his 906th NHL game, tying Glenn Hall for seventh-most by a goalie in NHL history.

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