Golden Knights push Wild to brink with Game 4 win


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

It was Fleury’s first shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 16th in his NHL career. He has allowed four goals on 116 shots through four games.

Nicolas Roy had two goals, and Mark Stone scored shorthanded for Vegas, the No. 2 seed in the Honda West Division. 

Cam Talbot made 14 saves for the Wild, the No. 3 seed who did not lose more than two in a row during the regular season. Zach Parise made his series debut after being a healthy scratch the first three games. 

The Golden Knights can win the series in Game 5 at Vegas on Monday (10:30 p.m., ET; CNBC, SN1, TVAS, ATTSM-RM, BSN+). Teams that lead 3-1 are 291-29 (.909) winning a best-of-7 series, including 13-0 last season.

Roy made it 1-0, going coast to coast with a snapshot short side at 10:37 of the first period. It was the first time this series Vegas scored in the first period. 

Joel Eriksson Ek appeared to tie the game 1-1, 19 seconds later. Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer challenged goaltender interference and video review determined Marcus Foligno impaired Fleury’s ability to play his position in the crease and the goal was overturned. 

Vegas is 2-for-2 on coach’s challenges this series, both on goals by Eriksson Ek. 

Alex Tuch made it 2-0 at 9:08 of the second period, his third goal of the series.

Zach Whitecloud got a double minor for high-sticking and the Wild got a four-minute power play, but Stone capitalized on a Dumba turnover for a breakaway shorthanded goal at 13:41 to extend the lead to 3-0. 

Minnesota is 0-for-8 on the power play in the series. 

With Talbot pulled for the extra attacker, Roy scored into the empty net at 18:32 for the 4-0 final. 

Vegas forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek, and defenseman Brayden McNabb did not play. Pacioretty has missed all four playoff games and the last six of the regular season with an undisclosed injury. 

Nosek missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. It was the first game McNabb missed, also with an undisclosed injury.

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