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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Was The Difference Last Night

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

He has played like a comic-book super hero all season and on Wednesday Marc-Andre Fleury looked like one, too.

At the biggest moment in the Vegas Golden Knights’ amazing first season, the goaltender robbed the National Hockey League playoffs’ hottest man, Winnipeg Jets’ sniper Mark Scheifele, with a pair of amazing saves halfway through the third period as his team won 4-2 Wednesday to move within two victories of the Stanley Cup Final.

With Winnipeg pressing for a tying goal, Fleury stretched with his right leg to somehow get a toe on Scheifele’s one-timer from the slot. Then, after the puck squirted back to the Jets’ star for a second point-blank chance and a lot of net open, Fleury got airborne and dived across his goalmouth to block the second shot with his body.

They were the saves of the series, maybe the saves of the season as the Knights took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final.


Watch some of those save below.

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Mistakes Cost The Winnipeg Jets In Game 3 Against The Vegas Golden Knights

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are mistakes you can make in the regular season, and survive. Or perhaps even in Round 1.

But three blatant miscues by three separate Jets players led to all three Vegas goals in a 4-2, empty-net goal loss here in Game 3. We are just too far along, the opponent too opportunistic, to reap any reward from a game in which the mistakes are this costly.

“Yes, I think that’s fair,” began head coach Paul Maurice, when asked about neutral zone turnovers by Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor that turned into goals, and the freebie Connor Hellebuyck coughed up just 12 seconds after the Jets had tied the game at 1-1.

“Those weren’t the only ones … and each one of those guys has been game winners for us, and played great. So in the body of their work, it’s not part of their game,” he said. “But they have some good sticks (Vegas). Knocked some stuff down.”

This is your reward for still suiting up on May 16, the prize for being a Final Four team. Every single mistake could turn into a crippling miscue, the same way every bit of fortune could label you a hero.


Below, watch the game highlights and Marc-Andre Fleury post-game with Scott Oake.

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Catching Up

I haven't been feeling too well the last few days so let's play catch up on a few items I normally deliver a bit quicker.

Hopefully I will be back to full strength soon.

Coach's Corner last night

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Don Cherry can’t help but wonder why the Florida Panthers left Golden Knights’ forward Jonathan Marchessault up for grabs, and talks about the smarts of defencemen like Anton Stralman.



Below, your GM Finalists of the year

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NHL Short Notes

The Golden Knights took a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final thanks in part to another multi-goal performance from Jonathan Marchessault.

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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Western Conference Final

Puck drop is just after 9:00pm ET in Las Vegas.

Will the Vegas Golden Knights go up 2-1 with a win over the Winnipeg Jets tonight?

Watch on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

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Arizona Coyotes Discussing A Long Contract Extension For Oliver Ekman-Larsson

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

The Coyotes are discussing an eight-year contract extension with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson that would carry an average annual value (AAV) slightly above $8 million, sources familiar with the talks told ArizonaSports.com.

Ekman-Larsson has one year remaining on a six-year, $33 million deal that began in the 2013-14 season and will pay him $7 million in salary for the 2018-19 season. Ekman-Larsson is eligible to sign an extension on July 1.

While other teams, particularly those in Canadian or large U.S. markets, may be able to offer him a higher AAV if he were to reach unrestricted free agency, the lower cost of living in Arizona could mitigate those differences.


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Video- Refs View Of The World Championship

A good one.


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Morning Line- Jeremy Jacobs

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Video- Gary Bettman On Legal Sports Betting

via CNBC,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about the Supreme Court’s recent decision that opened up sports betting across the country.

Watch below...

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Stanley Cup Talk In Las Vegas

from Bailey Schulz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz said he sees a Stanley Cup in the future.

“We really believe we’re going to go out and win a Stanley Cup this year,” Bubolz said Tuesday at an economic forecasting event.

But he later walked back his prediction.

“Every single presentation I’ve done since I landed here a year ago, I never said when, but I said we believe that we were going to win a Stanley Cup,” Bubolz added later. “I believe that today.”


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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