Vegas Coach DeBoer Justified in Choosing Lehner Over Fleury

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Given the goaltending performance put forth by Vancouver Canucks rookie Thatcher Demko, it might have been easy to forget that Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights pitched three shutouts in the second-round series. What we won’t forget is the white noise that was created when backup goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s agent put out a tweet that essentially said Fleury had been stabbed in the back by Vegas coach Peter DeBoer and the legion of fans who thought Fleury deserved to be treated better.

Call it vindication, if you will. Call it anything you want, but it’s clear that DeBoer made the right choice and Lehner proved him right. If there were ever any doubt, it was completely erased when Lehner made a mind-boggling glove save on Brock Boeser at the 10:42 mark of the second period of Game 7. Forget that it was just the Canucks’ fourth shot of the game. Had it gone in, it had the potential to change the complexion of the game, one that was eventually won 3-0 by the Golden Knights on the strength of a goal by Shea Theodore with just over six minutes left, followed by two empty-netters.