Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had the save of the year in the regular season.
But teammate Robin Lehner made an equally impressive huge save Friday night as the Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 to advance to the Western Conference final against the Dallas Stars.
Lehner got his sixth start of the series, despite back-to-back nights and two consecutive losses, and was going up against red-hot Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko for the third consecutive game.
Though Vegas was heavily outshooting Vancouver at the time, Canucks right wing Brock Boeser had the potential go-ahead goal on his stick after a pass from Bo Horvat in the second period.
No problem. Lehner stretched across to rob Boeser with a glove save.
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"He's a guy who can stand in there and make big plays," Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore told NBCSN about Lehner.
The save was important because Demko continued his outstanding performance until Theodore ended the goalie's shutout streak at 138 minutes, 40 seconds with a seeing-eye shot through a screen on the power play in the third period.
Massive goal from Shea Theodore (@stheodore17) deep in the third of #Game7! #StanleyCup
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The Golden Knights' final two goals were empty-netters.
Demko finished with 33 saves while Lehner had 14.
Lerner was acquired at the trade deadline and has supplanted three-time Stanley Cup winner Fleury in the playoffs, which led Fleury's agent to post a since-pulled tweet criticizing Peter DeBoer.
But Lehner has earned the coach's confidence. He shut out the Canucks three times during the series and will be the Golden Knights' top goalie during the team's second appearance in the conference final in two years.
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