Lehner says Golden Knights do everything to win

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Robin Lehner is a guest on the second episode of the second season of “The Chirp with Daren Millard” podcast, available now on NHL.com and multiple iOS and Android podcast apps.

The 30-year-old is playing his third season for the Vegas Golden Knights and first as their No. 1 goalie after Marc-Andre Fleury was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 27. He’s 1-4-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in five games and will help try to end the Golden Knights’ four-game losing streak when they play at the Colorado Avalanche in an ESPN exclusive broadcast Tuesday (8 p.m. ET).

Lehner signed a five-year, $25 million contract ($5 million average annual value) with Vegas on Oct. 3, 2020, after he had been acquired as part of a three-team in a trade that included the Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24. He opened this season as Golden Knights starter with Laurent Brossoit the backup.

“‘Brasser’ is a really good goalie,” Lehner said. “He’s coming here to push me and I’m pushing him. It’s no different [from when] I got traded here and they started me, and I was the starter in the in the bubble (2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs). I started opening night last season. It was a little bit of a special season with no [training] camp, so we started splitting. Then I got injured and Fleury had a [heck] of a year. It was planned that I was going to play a lot more year, but I got injured.

“And that’s how it should be. At the end of the day, if I don’t play well and Brasser plays well, I expect him to play. It’s nothing different now than any of the other years I played with a lot of good goalies. If I don’t have a good year this year, it’s pretty likely I’m not on the team that next year. That’s what I love about this team. They do everything to win.”

Lehner also discussed this love for Ultimate Fighting Championship, his vacation to the Sahara Desert, mental health, why his goal to win the Stanley Cup is important to him, and his desire to play for Sweden at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“It would be cool,” Lehner said. “We’ll see how the season unfolds. When it comes to the national team, I just want to be treated fair. If I play best here, I want to play.”

“The Chirp with Daren Millard” features interviews with players, executives, alumni and other personalities around the game. You can share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #ChirpMallard.

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