Lehner's gets 1st playoff shutout, Knights top Canucks 5-0

Robin Lehner recorded his first occupation playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks Five-Zero within the first sport in their 2d around playoff collection

EDMONTON, Alberta —
Robin Lehner recorded his first occupation playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks Five-Zero Sunday night time within the first sport in their 2d around playoff collection.

The 29-year-old Lehner, who’s enjoying for his 5th NHL group, grew to become apart 26 pictures.

“I assumed we performed a helluva sport, an actual just right group sport,” Lehner stated.

“Everybody was once operating exhausting, blockading pictures, back-checking, all of the small issues. It was once great to come back out robust and get started the collection robust.”

Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, Mark Stone, and Max Pacioretty scored and chased Vancouver beginning goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the web.

Markstrom, making his 11th consecutive playoff get started, stopped 29 of 34 pictures and was once pulled halfway during the 3rd length for Thatcher Demko after permitting the 5th function.

The Canucks had only a handful of unhealthy scoring probabilities. It’s the primary time they have got been close out since dropping Three-Zero to the Minnesota Wild within the first sport in their qualifying collection.

“We restricted probabilities and we have been maintaining pucks within the O-zone, and in truth we (controlled to) grind them out. It was once a just right 60 mins,” Marchessault stated.

Sport 2 is about for Tuesday night time.

Vancouver trainer Travis Inexperienced graded it their worst sport of the playoffs, however stated they are able to be informed from it and get well.

“They’ve were given a snappy group,” Inexperienced stated.

“That may were a part of it. Perhaps their velocity stuck a few of our avid gamers through marvel a bit bit, the place they grew to become over some pucks. However I without a doubt suppose we will have to were higher with the puck, and we’ve were given to play much better if we’re going to win this collection.”

Lehner is Nine-1 since being bought on the industry cut-off date in a three-team deal together with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks, and looks to have displaced Marc-Andre Fleury because the starter.

His win gained’t do the rest to chill down a goaltending controversy that flared up over the weekend when Fleury’s agent tweeted a doctored photograph suggesting Vegas head trainer Peter DeBoer is stabbing Fleury within the again.

The Golden Knights had no longer performed since dispatching the Blackhawks on Tuesday within the first around, however didn’t display any rust.

They driven the Canucks exhausting at the forecheck, growing a large number of probabilities and resulting in the primary function halfway during the first length. Smith, circling in the back of the web, fired the puck during the crease and it bounced off a skate to Marchessault, who tucked it in the back of Markstrom.

The Golden Knights scored thrice in the second one length to position the sport away. Smith scored off a rebound at the energy play. Then Stone, status within the slot, redirected a wrist shot from Nate Schmidt to make it Three-Zero. Tuch then chased down an arching clearing move from Nick Cousins, racing previous the Canucks’ protection and capturing it low to the glove facet and in.

Within the 3rd length, Stone, in the back of the web, handed in entrance to Pacioretty for the one-timer.

Smith, Stone, and Tuch every added an help.

Smith and Stone lead the Golden Knights in playoff issues with 10. Tuch has 5 targets and two assists. Marchessault has 3 targets and 8 issues.

NOTES: The Golden Knights, the highest Western Convention seed, are proceeding the torrid play that noticed them pass 11-2 ahead of the NHL close down the common season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Within the go back to play match, Vegas gained all 3 round-robin seeding video games after which dispatched the Blackhawks Four-1. … Lehner is getting the lion’s proportion of the paintings within the playoffs. Sunday was once his 7th get started when put next with two for Fleury. … On Saturday, Fleury’s agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted a meme of Fleury at the ice in his Knights’ tools getting impaled during the torso from the again through a broadsword that bore DeBoer’s identify. Fleury addressed the talk on a Zoom name with journalists ahead of the sport. He stated he’s very tight with Walsh, and stated he requested him to take the tweet down so it doesn’t grow to be a distraction. Walsh did so Sunday. Lehner stated he and Fleury laughed off the talk — actually. “It’s all the time the media and everybody else who make a large deal out of this,” he stated. “Me and Marc we get alongside nice. “When this took place I noticed Marc and we have been simply guffawing. … Fleury gained the Stanley Cup thrice with Pittsburgh and backstopped Vegas to the Cup ultimate in its inaugural season in 2018. … Vancouver complex to the second one around through beating the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, sending them house from the isolation bubble in Edmonton.

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Sport 2 of the best-of-seven collection is Tuesday night time.

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