Golden Knights’ Robin Lehner gets surprise start in Game 1 vs. Avalanche and falls 7-1

Last year, Robin Lehner got 16 of 20 playoff starts for the Vegas Golden Knights.

This year, Marc-Andre Fleury got all the playoff starts — until Sunday.

Lehner was the surprise starter in Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche — his first appearance since May 10 — and was shelled 7-1. Not that Fleury might have been able to slow down the onslaught by the rested Avalanche, who got five goals from their top line, but he did shut out Colorado twice this season.

But rest for Fleury was the reason behind the move.

"(Fleury) had just played seven games in 14 days and an emotional Game 7," Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. "It was a perfect opportunity, in our minds, to use our other starter. That’s been a strength of ours all year."

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