Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Michael “Doc” Emrick is a bit surprised about the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but not about goalie Marc Andre Fleury’s role in leading the team deep into the NHL playoffs.
The longtime hockey announcer who does games for NBC said a hot goalie can carry a team at times, and told co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the “PodcastOne Sports Now” show that Fleury had some big moments in his 14 years in Pittsburgh before being left unprotected in the expansion draft before the season began.
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8) digs the puck from Evgeny Kuznetsovs’ game-winning overtime goal out of the net following the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 7, 2018. The Capitals won the series, four games to two. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Emrick said Fleury seems re-energized in Las Vegas and comfortable in his role as a team leader. In the Knights’ win in the first game of the series against the San Jose Sharks, Fleury joined the crowd in doing the wave in the late minutes of the game.
Emrick also discusses the rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin on the podcast, which is backed by the resources of The Associated Press, and the teams left in the playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Also joining the hosts is AP basketball writer Tom Withers to talk about LeBron James, and the AP’s Jimmy Golen from Boston to talk about the Yankees-Red Sox early season series.