We’ve seen NHL player’s get under the skin of their opponents by face-washing, slashing and even licking. Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury added a new form of agitating on Wednesday, as he tickled Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler’s ear during a scrum behind his net.
Fleury joked about the moment after the game saying he was just trying to make himself smile with the tickle.
“I did that?” said a playful Fleury, who also made 33 saves in the win. “There’s cameras everywhere.”
“I was just sitting there and people, they were fighting,” Fleury said, “and (I was) trying to have a little smile by myself. That was it.”
Unlike Brad Marchand licking and kissing, Fleury tickling Wheeler’s ear is funny and not completely gross. No harm, no foul. Although, I would keep that helmet on at all times if I was the Vegas netminder, as Wheeler could look to get revenge in Game 4, as the Jets look to even up the series against Vegas.
Who wouldn’t be down for a tickle fight?