The Golden Knights opened the 2019-20 NHL season by thoroughly pounding the Sharks, but getting a win never is enough in a heated rivalry.
After picking up a 4-1 win on opening night at T-Mobile Arena, the two teams moved their feud to San Jose, where the Golden Knights picked up a 5-1 win. During the blowout victory at SAP Center, Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury chose to pull a fast one on the rival Sharks by picking up a wayward stick and handing it to a fan in the seats.
Marc-Andre Fleury cleaning up after the brawl by giving away Sharks sticks to fans pic.twitter.com/NmMLDOi0Ng
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) October 5, 2019
When asked why he gave the stick away, Fleury, with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, gave an acceptable defense.
I asked Marc-Andre Fleury about giving the stick to a fan during the fights and he laughed.
"It was broken right? No? We'll just say it was broken." #VegasBorn
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) October 5, 2019
Very on-brand from Fleury.
The Sharks have opened their season with three straight losses, and now must find a way to get back on track if they are to challenge Fleury and the Golden Knights in the Pacific Division.
Otherwise, the rivalry could become quite one-sided.
Why Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury gave Sharks stick to fan after brawl originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area