Cam Talbot made 37 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 regardless of having solely 14 photographs on objective to stave off elimination of their opening-round playoff sequence
LAS VEGAS — Cam Talbot made 37 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 regardless of having solely 14 photographs on objective to stave off elimination of their opening-round playoff sequence on Monday evening.
Jordan Greenway’s second-period objective was the winner for the Wild, who additionally acquired objectives from Kirill Kaprizov, Zach Parise, and Nico Sturm.
Vegas, which was trying to shut out a playoff sequence at dwelling for the primary time, leads the sequence 3-2. Recreation 6 is scheduled for Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mark Stone and Alec Martinez scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed 4 objectives within the first 4 video games, made 10 saves. It marked the primary time Fleury allowed greater than two objectives in a recreation in 14 contests.
Vegas dropped to 2-3 in Recreation 4 conditions when main a sequence 3-1.
Stone opened the scoring when he took a contact cross from Alex Tuch, skated into the zone down the left facet, and fired a wrist shot below Talbot’s glove.
It wouldn’t take lengthy for the Wild to reply, as Kaprizov — the favourite to win the Calder Trophy because the NHL’s high rookie — notched his first profession playoff objective of the season, ending Minnesota’s scoreless skid at 120 minutes, 36 seconds.
Parise made it 2-1 after an preliminary shot caromed off the top boards, and he was capable of fireplace a financial institution shot from beneath the objective line off the again of Fleury.
Greenway prolonged the lead when he punched dwelling his personal rebound that Fleury couldn’t deal with. It marked the primary time the Golden Knights allowed three objectives in a playoff interval in 11 video games, relationship to the postseason bubble final season.
Martinez acquired his first level of the postseason throughout a second-period energy play when he ripped a one-timer from the proper facet after Alex Pietrangelo’s completely positioned cross arrived on the blade of his stick.
The Knights dominated the second interval with relentless stress of their offensive zone, outshooting the Wild 23-1 and 9-0 with high-danger possibilities, however solely had Martinez’s objective to point out for it.
Vegas failed to hold the vitality into the ultimate interval, firing solely two photographs on objective over the primary 11 minutes of the third. By the 4-minute mark, the Golden Knights had outshot Minnesota 10-4 within the interval, however Talbot held agency between the pipes, stopping every thing thrown his approach, together with a pair of unimaginable saves throughout back-to-back, point-blank photographs by Reilly Smith to protect the lead.
An empty-net objective from Sturm off the boards with 38.5 seconds left supplied the ultimate margin.
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