Should the Golden Knights have started Robin Lehner or Marc-Andre Fleury against the Canucks in Game 7? That debate could linger for sometime, but there’s no denying that Lehner made an outstanding save in Game 7.
After the Canucks played passively (even more than usual since turning to Thatcher Demko) during the first period, you wouldn’t blame Lehner if he took a nap. Either way, Lehner was sharp enough to absolutely rob a wide open Brock Boeser.
Consider this Lehner glove save one of the best of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 5, 2020
As brilliant as Demko was in Game 7 (and the last three games of the series), Lehner and the Golden Knights got the last laugh. The passive Canucks only really attacked once they were down 1-0 in Game 7, opening the door for Lehner’s 14-save shutout.
Yet, when you look at Lehner’s save against Boeser, you’ll realize that even “easy” shutouts tend to be pretty tough in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks (VGK wins series 4-3)
Game 1: Golden Knights 5, Canucks 0. (recap)
Game 2: Canucks 5, Golden Knights 2. (recap)
Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Canucks 0. (recap)
Game 4: Golden Knights 5, Canucks 3. (recap)
Game 5: Canucks 2, Golden Knights 1. (recap)
Game 6: Canucks 4, Golden Knights 0. (recap)
Game 7: Golden Knights 3, Canucks 0. (recap)
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