Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets gamer'' s ear


Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) stops a shot by San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) throughout the first period of Game 1 of their NHL hockey second-round playoff game Thursday, April 26, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Thursday, Might 17, 2018|9:44 a.m.

Marc-Andre Fleury gave Blake Wheeler quite an earful.

Throughout a scrum behind Vegas’ net with 2:34 left in the second duration of the Golden Knights’ 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night, Fleury reached over with his left hand and tickled the left ear of the Jets’ unsuspecting Blake Wheeler.

“I did that?” said a lively Fleury, who likewise made 33 saves in the win. “There’s video cameras everywhere.”

There sure are– and video of the ear tickle quickly became a big hit on social media.

“I was simply sitting there and individuals, they were fighting,” Fleury said, “and (I was) attempting to have a little smile by myself. That was it.”

Wheeler, whose helmet was off and had his back to the goalie, in some way seemed unfazed by the, well, “eary” feeling.

The Jets forward, who was curtained over the back of the internet, didn’t even rely on look behind him to see who was responsible for the tickle as he continued talking a lot at Vegas players while getting himself back onto his skates.

The Golden Knights lead the Western Conference last series 2-1, and host Video game 4 on Friday night.

Oh, and Wheeler might want to keep his ears clear of Fleury’s romping fingers.

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