Vegas Advances To Second Round

#3 Minnesota Wild v. #2 Vegas Golden Knights – Game 7
Series Tied 3-3

The best words, depending on how you feel, in hockey. Game 7. The Vegas Golden Knights look to do something that they have not done in their short history. Close out a playoff season on home ice. Minnesota, however, looks to advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner of this contest goes on to face the Colorado Avalanche in the second round.

Minnesota Wild Lineup:

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Vegas Golden Knights Lineup:

Game Recap:

In the Fortress, both the Golden Knights and Wild look to win in Game 7. In the first period, Mattias Janmrk scores his first goal in the 2021 postseason on an unassisted goal at 5:09 to give Vegas the early 1-0 lead. Midway through the period, the Wild go on the power play due to a Vegas Golden Knights penalty from William Karlsson for Boarding at 10:32. The game is tied at 16:49 when Zach Parise scores his second goal in this postseason for the Wild with the assists coming from Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter. In the second period, Nicolas Hague scores at 2:05 to give the Golden Knights the 2-1 lead. Minnesota ties the game again with a PPG from Kirill Kaprizov, his second goal in the postseason at 4:35. At 7:44 in the period, Max Pacioretty scores to give Vegas the lead once again. Vegas takes the two goal lead when Zach Whitecloud scores his first goal of this postseason at 13:38 with assists coming from Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson. In the third after a lot of scrums on both ends of the ice, Vegas extends their lead to three goals when Janmark scores his second goal of the night at 12:36. Vegas seals the series win with the completion of hat trick for Janmark on an empty net goal at 16:53 as the Golden Knights down the Wild 6-2.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period

VGK GoalMattias Janmark (1)Unassisted Goal5:09
MIN GoalZach Parise (2)Assisted byJoel Eriksson Ek (1)Ryan Suter (1)16:49

2nd Period

VGK GoalNicolas Hague (1)Assisted byWilliam Karlsson (3)2:05
MIN PP GoalKirill Kaprizov (2)Assisted byMats Zuccarello (3)Jared Spurgeon (3)4:35
VGK GoalMax Pacioretty (1)Assisted byChandler Stephenson (4)Shea Theodore (1)7:44
VGK GoalZach Whitecloud (1)Assisted byShea Theodore (2) Chandler Stephenson (5) 13:38

3rd Period

VGK GoalMattias Janmark (2)Assisted byNicolas Roy (1)12:36
VGK EN GoalMattias Janmark (3)Assisted byAlex Tuch (2)Alex Pietrangelo (3)16:53
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Penalty Summary:

1st Period

VegasWilliam KarlssonforBoarding2 min minor10:32

2nd Period

VegasRyan ReavesforInterference2 min minor4:22
MinnesotaIan ColeforInterference2 min minor10:32
VegasNicolas HagueforRoughing2 min minor17:09
MinnesotaNick Bjugstadfor Roughing2 min minor 17:09

3rd Period

MinnesotaJordan GreenwayforRoughing2 min minor 6:00
MinnesotaJoel Eriksson Ekfor Roughing2 min minor 6:00
VegasReilly Smithfor Roughing2 min minor 6:00
VegasJonathan Marchessaultfor Roughing2 min minor 6:00

Game Statistics

1st Period

MIN – 1VGK – 1
Shots108
Faceoff Wins97
Hits2124
Powerplay0/10/0

2nd Period

MIN – 2VGK – 4
Shots1625
Faceoff Wins1627
Hits3338
Powerplay1/20/1

3rd Period

MIN – 2VGK – 6
Shots2135
Faceoff Wins1933
Hits5349
Powerplay1/20/1

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