Golden Knights turn to Lehner for Game 4

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Marc-Andre Fleury's gaffe has at least temporarily cost him his job.

Robin Lehner started Game 4 for the Vegas Golden Knights in their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Montreal Canadiens.

It's Lehner's first game in exactly three weeks and only his second start in the playoffs. The Swede surrendered seven goals on 37 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the team's second-round matchup.

Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer informed Lehner and Fleury of the decision Saturday, according to ESPN's Emily Kaplan.

DeBoer initially wouldn't confirm his starter when asked about it after Sunday's morning skate. Lehner was the first Golden Knights puck-stopper off the ice at the session, and that generally determines who gets the nod.

Fleury had been mostly stellar in this postseason, but his giveaway in Game 3 against the Canadiens allowed Montreal to tie that contest in the final minutes and then win it in overtime.

The 36-year-old, who's a 2021 Vezina Trophy finalist, also outperformed Lehner during the regular season, though the soon-to-be 30-year-old goalie played only 19 games due to a concussion.

Lehner started every contest for Vegas during the 2019-20 playoffs but has suited up for only four games in the last 50 days.

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