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Fleury's devastating late-game blunder gives Canadiens new life in Game 3

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Oh no Marc-Andre Fleury, what have you done?

With less than two minutes remaining in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinal and the Vegas Golden Knights convincingly leading 2-1 against the Montreal Canadiens, the goaltender left his crease and went behind his net to meet the puck.

What happened next is surely not what Fleury had in mind.

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Yikes.

Despite having ample time to make a play, Fleury fumbled the puck off his stick and into his skates, kicking it out front to Canadiens forward Josh Anderson who buried it into a wide open net, tying the game 2-2 with just 1:55 left in regulation and sending it to overtime.

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The blunder was utterly disheartening for Vegas, who’d been dominating the game for its entirety. At the end of regulation, the Golden Knights held a 40-21 shot advantage over the Habs. Goaltender Carey Price, who’s been near-perfect, was the only reason why the Canadiens were still in the game.

If there was any member of Montreal that was in need of a lucky bounce, it was Anderson. Prior to this game, the 27-year-old hadn’t scored a goal or recorded a point since Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As fate would have it, Fleury’s crucial giveaway seemed to wake Anderson up, as the forward also went on to score the game-winner in overtime, giving Montreal a 2-1 series lead after the Habs got completely worked by Vegas in Game 3.

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There really was no other way for this to end, was there?

Marc-Andre Fleury made a devastating blunder with under two minutes left in regulation to give the Habs new life in Game 3. (Twitter/BradyTrett)
Marc-Andre Fleury made a devastating blunder with under two minutes left in regulation to give the Habs new life in Game 3. (Twitter/BradyTrett)

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