SAN JOSE (AP) – Alex Tuch scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury scored his fourth NHL shutout after a rare hiatus to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Saturday.
Mark Stone and Reilly Smith also scored one goal. Cloth and Fleury did the rest of the damage when the Golden Knights competed in San Jose, extending their winning streak to six games.
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“We used to have a pretty good rivalry,” said Vegas striker Jonathan Marchessault. “Now it’s not as powerful as it was in the first two years. It’s always good to get a win. We came here and took care of business. “
Fleury made 24 saves for his 65th career shutout.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 shots when the Sharks lost for the fifth time in the first six games of a seven-game homestand – the longest of the season. San Jose has scored 28 goals over this stretch as both Dubnyk and Martin Jones battle for a solid goal.
The offense was a problem in this case too, with two top six strikers missing from San Jose. Tomas Hertl has been on the COVID-19 list since February 24 and Timo Meier was injured with an injury to his lower body.
“I thought we worked hard,” said coach Bob Boughner. “I thought we did a lot of good things. Fleury, I thought, was the difference in the first half of the game. I thought we worn out towards the end. “
The Sharks managed to generate a few chances, but Fleury was more than up to the task after having the Friday night off. He had started 10 games in a row before getting that break and was extremely keen on his return.
Fleury made a good stop early on against Kevin Labanc and later played a breakaway with Joel Kellman in the first half. That save resulted in a chance at the other end of Stone turning into a goal after a give-and-go with Chandler Stephenson in a duel. That gave Stone 10 points in his last four games, but he skipped the third period out of caution.
“That was huge. A little momentum when Flower stops this, ”said Stephenson. “Good heads-up play from Stone. It’s nice to jump to the top on the road. “
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Fleury stole a rebound from John Leonard late in the first round and again in the second round. Cloth then took over from there.
He fired a shot through Dubnyk early in the second to make it 2-0, then hit again thanks to a lucky rebound towards the end of the period. Brent Burns’ clearing attempt struck teammate Logan Couture, and the puck went straight to Tuch, who struck a backhand into the open net.
That gave Cloth eight goals in his last seven games and 12 in 21 games that season. Last season he scored just eight goals in 42 games.
“Probably a bit of luck with the puck,” said Tuch. “I’m just trying to play my game, play hard and fast, and have enough chemistry with my linemates.”
The Golden Knights were thrown in for a surprise on their two-game trip to San Jose. After eating their pregame meal at the hotel on Friday, they were told they had to pack up and find new accommodations because the Fairmont Hotel filed for bankruptcy and closed immediately. The team found a new hotel and stayed there after the Friday night game.
“I think this is a first for probably everyone on our team,” said defender Nick Holden.
Haie: Complete your homestand with seven games against St. Louis on Monday night.
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