There are certain “automatics” to get inducted into the Hall of Fame of any respective sport.
In baseball, it’s 500 home runs or 300 pitching victories. In basketball, it’s 20,000 points.
And in hockey, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury reached his target with win No 400 on Monday, defeating the host Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, at Wells Fargo Center.
Because of the success of the Pacific Division leading Golden Knights (45-19-5), even professional handicappers sometimes forgot an angle which has been a key to the team’s success – the determination of a player going against his old club.
Yet again, the angle resulted in the tie-breaking and game-winning goal with 2:40 remaining. In this case, it was the hustle of former Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare that spelled the difference.
Making sure Philadelphia management know they were wrong to make him available for the expansion draft, Bellemare won a battle for the puck in the corner, knocking it behind the net to Cody Eakin, who quickly centered the puck to Ryan Carpenter for a 1-time slap and the goal.
Fleury becomes the 13th goalie in NHL history to amass 400 wins. He could also reach the all-time Top 10 by season’s end.
Vegas now heads home to start a four-game homestand Wednesday against New Jersey.