LAS VEGAS — Jujhar Khaira and Riley Stillman scored in the second period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, halting a six-game losing streak.
Aside from breaking up a slump that had lasted since before the pandemic break, Saturday’s win also provided a measure of revenge for Marc-André Fleury in front of 18,367 at T-Mobile Arena during his first return to Vegas since the Knights traded him to the Hawks in July.
Plenty of Vegas fans showed up at T-Mobile Arena wearing Fleury’s Golden Knights sweater. Before the game, the Knights played a video tribute to Fleury, who waved to fans as they cheered.
“The whole time was very special,” Fleury said. “Before the game, on the bench, going through my routine in the empty arena and in warmups, having so many people close to the glass with signs and my jerseys and stuff, it was awesome.”
The warm and fuzzies for Fleury ended just after puck drop, however.
Vegas kept the Hawks hemmed in their zone and outshot them 9-4 in the first period, striking first. Nolan Patrick won a faceoff against Ryan Carpenter, setting up Ben Hutton for a goal from the blue line 5 minutes, 17 seconds into the game.
The Knights still made it challenging for the Hawks to break out and keep the puck in the offensive zone in the second period, but the Hawks got on a two-on-one rush, and Jujhar Khaira ripped it past Robin Lehner to even the score.
Riley Stillman put the Hawks up 2-1 with a long-range shot that ricocheted off Brett Howden’s knee. Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane assisted, the 24th of season for Kane.
The Hawks got off to a good start in the third period, knocking the Knights off the puck and getting a key block by Jake McCabe.
Then it was Fleury’s turn. He withstood a barrage of five shots within a 1½-minute span.
Also in the third, Dominik Kubalík took a hard shot from teammate Connor Murphy and was hunched over before hobbling off the ice. He Kubalík returned about two minutes later.
Fleury finished with 30 saves, while Lehner had 19 stops. Fleury was named the No. 2 star of the game, while Hutton took the top spot.
“I didn’t know I had a star,” Fleury said. “When I got off, one of my teammates pushed me out there. I just wanted to say thanks.”
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