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Could Robin Lehner lose the net for the Vegas Golden Knights?

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Former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner, who was traded to the Golden Knights ahead of the trade deadline during the regular season, had been the undisputed starter through almost two complete playoff rounds for Vegas.

After a strong showing in the round robin games and helping the Knights beat the Hawks in five contests in the first round, Lehner ran away with the net for Vegas. But, that could be changing late in the team's second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks.

Lehner beat out Marc-Andre Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, for the starter job in the postseason so far.

Friday evening, the Knights will head to a Game 7 vs. the Canucks after leading the series 3-1. 

Lehner, a 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist, has been great overall this postseason, going 7-4 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage but gave up four goals to Vancouver in Game 2 (5-2 loss) and three in Game 6 on Thursday (4-0 loss). 

Robin was screened on the third goal in Game 6 by teammate Shea Theodore, who he appeared to let know about it.

Fleury could be the Game 7 starter for Vegas vs. Vancouver. He came in to the second of a back-to-back in Game 4 vs. the Canucks to help the Knights to a 5-3 win. The goalie tandem split the net for the back-to-back against Chicago as well, with Fleury starting Game 3 (2-1 win) and Lehner in net for Game 4 (3-1 loss).

Seeing how Vegas has handled back-to-backs so far in the postseason, it's safe to assume Fleury is your starter for Game 7. Coming off a subpar performance for Lehner in Game 6, it's more likely to see the former Penguins goalie in the crease even for the do-or-die contest and possibly beyond.

 

If Fleury starts Game 7 and wins with a strong performance, Vegas coach Pete DeBoer is faced with an even tougher decision, does Fleury get the start for Game 1 in the third round over Lehner?

A goalie controversy emerged between the two netminders when Fleury's agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted an image depicting Fleury getting stabbed in the back by a sword ahead of the Vancouver series.

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