#2 Vegas Golden Knights v. #3 Minnesota Wild – Game 6
Series tied 3-3
Tonight’s game between the Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights had a high stakes type of feel to it. Vegas with a win would advance to round two, and a Minnesota win would force a winner take all game seven. Each team played very tight defensive hockey in the first period. The Wild would lead the period in shots as they held a 9-6 shots advantage. They had some really good chances from Victor Rask, Kirill Kaprizov, and Mats Zuccarello towards the end of the period but were unable to capitalize on those chances. After the first period, the game would remain scoreless.
Period two was as tight and defensive as the first. Both teams weren’t giving much room to each other as scoring chances were very limited this period. Minnesota had a power play opportunity on a delay of game penalty by William Carrier of Vegas. However, they weren’t able to cash in on the opportunity. The Golden Knights did outshoot the Wild 7-5 and there would still be no score heading into the third period.
The this period finally saw the scoring open up as the Minnesota Wild got on the board first at the 4:21 mark. Zach Parise chipped the puck up past the defender which created a two on one opportunity where Ryan Hartman received a pass from Kevin Fiala and fired it behind Vegas goalie Marc Andre Fleury. The Golden Knights moments later thought they had tied the score, however it was determined that Alex Tuch made contact with Wild goalie Cam Talbot. Vegas decided to challenge the close call play but after video review, it was determined he had interfered with the goalie, and Vegas was assessed a minor penalty as a result of failing to get the challenge correct. On that power play, Kevin Fiala made it 2-0 scoring his first goal of the playoffs. Jared Spergeon and Mats Zuccarello had the assists on the play as Fiala fired the puck from the top of the left face-off circle and beat Marc Andre Fleury through the five hole as he was screened. Minnesota local Nick Bjugstad added his first goal of the playoffs with under five minutes left in the period as he was sprung on a breakaway to extend the Wild’s lead to 3-0. That score would stand and the Wild would win 3-0 and force a game seven on Friday night at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. Cam Talbot made 23 saves in the shutout victory which was his second of this series.
Vegas Golden Knights
|Final Stats||VGK – 0||MIN – 3|