The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 for their third straight loss, and fourth in their last 5 games.
The game featured an emotional matchup between Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury. The mentor proved to be superior on this night, coming up clutch to give his team yet another win at home.
His goal was clear for this momentous game.
"I tried to remind myself it was just another game, just two points I needed, but once you get out there and you see all these guys, you want to do well," Fleury said to Jonathan Bombulie of TribLIVE. "A little pride. The next time I see them, I don't want them to be talking about their goals. I want to tell them I saved them."
He sure accomplished his mission, allowing only one goal.
Murray, for his part, was starting his first game since returning from an injury suffered on November 27th, and was not too pleased with his performance.
"I felt pretty mediocre, I think," Murray said. "That second one, that's a back-breaker. I want that one back for sure."
Give yourself a break, Matt. 2 goals in your first game back is no easy feat, and Brian Dumoulin made a costly neutral zone error that gave Vegas the scoring chance on the second goal.
Overall, the two goalies proved Thursday night why they were the league's best tandem for the last two seasons, effectively giving the Penguins two straight Stanley Cups.