NHL Scores: Knights Marc-Andre Fleury stones Avalanche, Penguins top Capitals, and more

Feb 14, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves, left, celebrates with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) after defeating the Colorado Avalanche at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Locher/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his second shutout of the season as the Golden Knights (10-2-1) defeated the Avalanche (7-4-1) 1-0. For Colorado it was their first game back after five games were postponed due to COVID related issues.

NHL Scores: Golden Knights welcome Avalanche back with a shutout

Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal in the contest but the story was Fleury who made 30 stops for the win. There’s been plenty of talk about him in the rumor mill again as stories about the Penguins inquiring about Fleury surfaced.

“Feeling it in the legs right now,” Fleury said after the blanking. “It was fun. Fun to get some wins and fun to beat a good team today.” It was his third straight start as Robin Lehner is out with an upper-body injury.

For the Avalanche, it was great to see them on the ice but they were still not a full strength. Cale Makar missed the game and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury. They were also without the services of their captain, Gabriel Landeskog who was still on the COVID list.

NHL Scores: Penguins have the Capitals number

The Penguins (7-5-1) beat the Capitals (6-4-3) for the third straight time this season and will look to win another series against them tomorrow. Yesterday, Bryan Rust scored twice (goals 4 and 5) and added an assist to help his team come out on top.

“It was definitely nice to have a little bit of a cushion,” Rust said after the game. “Obviously, you don’t want to let them claw back into the game. But it was good to see our effort get rewarded.” 

penguins vs capitals
Feb 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with right wing Bryan Rust (17) against the Washington Capitals during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Currently the East Division is running tight. The last place Sabres who have not played in over week are 5 points from the third place Islanders. Three teams have 15 points (NYI, PIT, WSH) and the Rangers in 6th are 4 points behind them.

“There’s always a level of concern,” Cap coach Peter Laviolette lamented afterwards. “You drop one, there’s a level of concern. We’re here to win hockey games.” 

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