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CHICAGO — Marc-Andre Fleury’s play in net will go a long way toward determining if the Vegas Golden Knights are going to repeat last season’s success.Of course [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-hoodie]Toronto Maple Leafs Hoodies Authentic[/url] , if the Golden Knights can produce offensively at a reasonable clip, it won’t hurt.Vegas will carry a three-game winning streak into Tuesday’s road test against the Chicago Blackhawks, who have struggled to establish any sort of rhythm this year coming off their first playoff-free season in more than a decade.Article continues below ...Fleury has recorded back-to-back shutouts, an accomplishment even more impressive considering the veteran goalie did it on consecutive nights. His latest standout performance came in a 6-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday when Vegas scored four first-period goals and then coasted behind Fleury, who made 33 saves after shutting out the Calgary Flames on Friday.“I was feeling good, composed, related,” Fleury told reporters after Saturday’s victory, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “I think we’ve been starting to play a bit (more) our style, how we can play and how we should play, and it’s been playing off greatly.”The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time in Fleury’s career he has accomplished the feat on consecutive nights and the third time he has held an opposing team without a goal in back-to-back games. William Karlsson got Vegas (12-12-1) on the board just 14 seconds into the game and the Knights used Fleury’s effort to extend their winning streak.Vegas coach Gerald Gallant said he didn’t mind playing Fleury on back-to-back nights after Fleury didn’t face much pressure on Friday against the Flames. Now, after two days off heading into Tuesday’s game at the United Center [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-hats]Toronto Maple Leafs Hats Authentic[/url] , Gallant knows Fleury will be plenty rested to face Chicago.“It makes it easy when you got a guy like Fleury,” Gallant told reporters, according to the Sun. “He had enough work against Calgary, but it wasn’t like he had 50 shots and he had to make outstanding saves back-to-back. We thought he was rested, he felt good, and that made the decision easy for you, especially when he had the shutout the last game.”Like Vegas, the Blackhawks are coming off back-to-back games and a victory after Chicago (9-10-5) picked up a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers.The victory, secured by Erik Gustafsson’s overtime goal, snapped Chicago’s eight-game road losing streak and provided the Blackhawks with their third win in their past six games.The victory also preceded the Blackhawks trading Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes for a pair of former first-round picks in forward Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini. Schmaltz told reporters that he was shocked by the trade despite struggling with just two goals and nine assists.General Manager Stan Bowman told reporters on Monday that he believes adding Strome and Perlini improves Chicago’s depth as the Blackhawks continue to try to adjust to the style of coach Jeremy Colliton.“We got two NHL players on our team for one,” Bowman told reporters, according to NHL.com. “You have to give to get. We’re not going to get two really good players like that by not trading away a really good one.”Bowman likes what the new additions bring to the ice.“Watching both Brendan and Dylan play [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-customized]Custom Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys[/url] , I think there are a lot of attributes to their game that are going to translate well to how we want to play,” Bowman said. “They bring some size, they’re both big guys.” EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Florida Panthers put together a strong finish Monday night. Vincent Trocheck led the way.Trocheck had three goals in the third period and Evgenii Dadonov scored twice, powering the Panthers to a 7-5 victory over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.”You don’t see many seven-goal games out of us,” said Trocheck, who recorded his first career NHL hat trick. ”I think we have only had two or three games with more than five goals this year. It was nice to see a bit of an outburst on offense.”To beat a team like that and play the way we did, it was a good way to start off this road trip.”Aaron Ekblad and Denis Malgin also scored for the Panthers, who have won five of their last six games. James Reimer made 27 saves.”It was kind of a weird game,” Reimer said. ”It wasn’t exactly a goalie’s duel. I don’t think either goalie would be too excited about being in a 7-5 game. I just kept digging in and told myself to make the next save and hang in there.”Edmonton dropped its fourth straight game. Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, and Leon Draisaitl, Drake Caggiula and Anton Slepyshev also scored.Oilers goalie Cam Talbot [url=http://www.officialcanucks.com]www.officialcanucks.com[/url] , who was peppered with 39 shots, took on much of the blame.”I’d say about four of them I’d like to have back,” he said. ”Any time you go out and score five goals, you should win a game every night. I didn’t give us a chance to win tonight.”Every time I let one in, we got one back, but I just couldn’t find that next save to give us a chance.”Florida scored four times in the third after the game was tied at 3 after two.Trocheck went in alone and beat Talbot for a tiebreaking power-play goal 18 seconds into the period. He then made it 5-3 with another power-play goal at 6:05, and tacked on an empty-netter with a minute left for his 21st of the season.Before Trocheck’s scoring display in the third, the Panthers and Oilers exchanged goals for most of the night.Florida opened the scoring with 2:14 left in the first period when a shot came off the boards and Ekblad banked it in off Oilers defender Oscar Klefbom. It was the first of three power-play goals in four chances for the Panthers.Maroon then tied it at 1 when he jumped on his own rebound and beat Reimer for his 14th goal at 18:35.The Oilers took the lead early in the second when Draisaitl was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by Florida’s Mike Matheson on a short-handed breakaway. He made good on the opportunity with his 16th of the year.The Panthers pulled even six minutes into the period when Malgin was left alone in the slot and scored on a shot that went off Talbot’s glove.The Oilers jumped back in front when Caggiula tipped in a Kris Russell point shot midway through the second. But the Panthers replied 23 seconds later on a goal from the slot by Dadonov.McDavid scored his 23rd goal at 14:58 of the third, trimming Florida’s lead to 6-5, but the Panthers held on.NOTES: Jonathan Huberdeau, Keith Yandle and Matheson each had two assists for Florida.UP NEXTPanthers: Visit Vancouver on Wednesday.Oilers: Open a three-game trip at Vegas on Thursday.
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