Vegas Golden Knights star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stole the show last night in the third game of the Western Conference Finals, leading his team to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. He also managed to steal the show with a funny move that went viral on the internet.
Somehow though in that intense moment of competition, Fleury found a way to amuse himself and get some laughs out of the whole situation. After Fleury had made one of his many saves on the evening during the second period of the contest, a scum took place close by his net. While the other players were pushing, shoving, and likely yelling obscenities, Fleury pulled the glove off of his left hand and then he reached over behind the head of Jets captain Blake Wheeler and appeared to tickle his ear.
After the game, in an interview with Scott Oake of CBC, Fleury couldn’t help but laugh at his attempt to distract the Jets top forward and showed once again why fans love the light-hearted netminder.
However, following the contest, the Sportsnet panel reconvene to analyze the performances of both teams, and NHL insider Nick Kypreos dared to call out Fleury and compare his antics to the one that market the second round when Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand licked Tampa Bay Ligtning’s Ryan Callahan’s face.
In that case, the league has to intervene when it was announced that NHL’s Colin Campbell had spoken with Marchand and Bruins GM Don Sweeney, and that the League put the player on notice that his actions were unacceptable and that similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline.
“What’s the difference between that and a lick? Saliva is saliva,” he said assuming Fleury had pulled a wet Willie on Wheeler.
The rest of the panel could not believe what he was saying, which quickly prompted Kypreos to laugh it off and changed the subject. Let's hope he was indeed joking about this...
As the video below shows, there is no sign that Fleury wet his finger before tickling Wheeler’s ear, and to be honest, it is very hard to put Fleury in the same category of player as Marchand.