Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights
After winning the season series 4-3-1, the Minnesota Wild reunite with the Vegas Golden Knights in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. While there was no scoring in the first period, it was a dominating one for the Golden Knights as they had a commanding 19-5 shots advantage. They also dominated the Wild in the face off circle as well. The first period ended with Vegas being on the power play with thirty-eight seconds left on it to begin the next period.
Despite being dominated in the first period, the Wild picked up the pace as their top skilled and their depth players stepped up their games. Minnesota created more chances and pushed back more effectively then in the previous period. They outshot the Golden Knights 13-11 in the second period. Despite all that, the game remained scoreless between the two teams heading into the third period.
For the rest of regulation, the game would be a tight checking game and each team traded scoring chances but neither would score. After the third period, this game would go onto overtime. In overtime, Joel Eriksson Ek would get the game winner for the Wild as he fired a shot from the slot that would get behind Golden Knights goalie Marc Andre Fleury who was spectacular throughout today’s game. Cam Talbot was fantastic as well for the Wild making 42 saves to earn the shutout victory. Minnesota leads the series 1-0 heading into game two on Tuesday night in Vegas.
Vegas Golden Knights
Shots: 30 42
Hits: 71 57
Power Play: 0/2 0/3
Faceoffs: 37.9% 62.1%
Minnesota leads the series 1-0
*Game 2: Tuesday May 18th, 2021 @ 10pm EST