Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in the third period that broke the game with no points, and the Minnesota Wild halted the elimination again with a 3–0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. – Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist to break up a scoreless game in the third period, with Cam Talbot making his second shutout of the series and the Minnesota Wild stopping the elimination again with a 3–0 win over Vegas. On Wednesday night.
The first-round series went back to Las Vegas for a decisive Game 7 on Friday night. The Colorado Avalanche, which tied the Golden Knights for the best regular-season record in the NHL, is waiting after sweeping in the St. Louis Blues.
Ryan Hartman scored the first goal in support of Talbot and the last goal was scored by Nick Bjugstad, who made 23 stops. He made 37 saves to help the Wild Steel Game 5 while being outscored 40–14 on Monday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 21 stops, gave up three goals for the second straight game after allowing just four scores in the first four games.
Fiala, the team’s second leading scorer during the regular season, went without a point in the first five matches until two were matched at the best possible time. The Swiss Left sneaked under Fleury’s pad to jingle a slap shot from the circle on a power play.
The Golden Knights tied it up just moments before, when Chandler Stephenson snatched a shot from behind the circle that Talbot had never seen. Alex Tuch was at the crease, arguing that he was being pushed by Matt Dumba, and the target was waved. This time the challenge from Vegas coach Peter DeBoer also did not work, with the first two goals in the series by Joel Erickson one being overturned by video review.
After a scoreless score of 6:21, this tightly checked game finally opened when a blocked shot bounce caught the Golden Knights flat-footed and Kevin Fiala with Hartman in place for a strange man rush Pie. Fiala set his partner up perfectly, and Hartman sent the puck over Fleury’s glove to ignite a 25% capacity crowd at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild will try to become the 30th team to win the series after a 3–1 loss in NHL history. The most recent to defeat Vegas in 2019 was the San Jose Sharks, trained by DeBoer. Minnesota has done it twice, both in 2003.
After a deliberate first period, no penalty was called for and each team dealt more cautiously, increasing the intensity as the midpoint of the game. Minnesota’s Marcus Foligno checked Zach Whitecloud hard enough into the corner that one of the stanchions came loose, disconnecting the glass pane as the Vegas defenseman suddenly wound up from the open.
Dumba leveled the touch with a fast mid-ice shoulder, prompting Golden Knights teammate Alec Martinez to take off the gloves with Dumba in solidarity with Tuch. Four years ago, Wilde traded Touch to Vegas to protect Dumba in the expansion draft.
For Wilde, the middle frame was as important a deadline as they had all season.
Often a step back from the speedy Golden Knights, with a particularly long shift change, the Wild won 22–1 in the second round of their 3–2 victory on Monday and 72–40 in the first five games of the series. Registered. Vegas also gained 8–1 goals. Minnesota was outscored in the middle frames 61–46 during the regular season.
The Golden Knights, still missing star Max Pacioretti due to an undisclosed injury, edged out defenseman Breeden McNab for the second straight game. He is on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list. Ryan Reeves was also scratched, and Cody Glass made his third post-season debut.
For the Wild, defenseman Carson Sausi missed his second straight game, in which he was again replaced by rookie Callen Edison. Matt Boldy, his first-round draft pick in 2019, competed in the warmup, but dropped out of the lineup.
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