Golden Knights overtake Wild in Game 3 to lead series 2-1 – fr

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Golden Knights overtake Wild in Game 3 to lead series 2-1 – fr


ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights struggled into the locker room in the first intermission with little to like, other than the time remaining in the game.
It turned out that this time was all they needed.

Reilly Smith capped a three-goal second-period push by the Golden Knights with the approval score in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild to take the lead Thursday night in that first-round playoff series.

“We’ve done it before, and it’s usually the same formula: don’t panic, regroup, respect,” said coach Peter DeBoer, “and everyone contributes. “

Mark Stone scored two goals, Patrick Brown and William Karlsson also scored, Nick Holden had two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury earned another playoff victory for the Golden Knights, who took a 2-1 lead in this game of the West Division.

Game 4 takes place in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek scored the goals for the Wild, who scored the first of three games, but squandered the advantage they grabbed with the series opener in Las Vegas.

Cam Talbot, who made 42 saves in his overtime shutout in Game 1, was far too busy in the net. The Golden Knights had a huge 36-9 shooting advantage after the first period. Karlsson and Stone scored the insurance goals down the home stretch.

“We let Cam dry out there a bit, a lot,” Hartman said. “We gave them everything. We had no possessions, no work ethic, no battles. We stepped away from our game and let them dictate. “

Fleury, who also got an assist, only needed to make 14 saves. He extended his best career streak to 12 straight games with two or fewer goals allowed.

“You just have to get in front of the net and go around it and get those rebounds,” said Eriksson Ek.

The Wild produced the strong start they promised, taking the lead just 2:16 into the game on one of the prettiest passes of the playoffs. Kirill Kaprizov started an attack from the left before finding a narrow lane to pass the puck through the lunge for Hartman to hit it.

Eriksson Ek, who was the lone scorer in Game 1, slipped a loose puck past Fleury on his wrist for a 2-0 lead and thought he had put the Wild by three minutes later when a slap from Kevin Fiala was fired for another. rebound goal. DeBoer disputed that the Wild were offside on play, at the suggestion of video coach Dave Rogowski, and the replay review confirmed that.

“It’s better to lose 2-0 after 20 years than after 58 minutes,” said Stone.

The crowd of around 4,500 – 25% of Xcel Energy Center’s capacity as coronavirus restrictions are gradually eased – gave the Wild an exciting start to the first intermission with barely a clue how serious the game is after that. .

“A lot of frustration when you’re in a playoff game like this,” said Smith, who also got an assist. “Everyone is pretty upset about this, and the best thing you can do is try to learn from it and optimize your next shift. “

The Wild were outscored 61-46 in the second period during the regular season, and their mid-game lull returned at the worst possible time.

Chandler Stephenson prepared Stone for a wrist shot into the lunge to make it 2-1, then the rebounds started to go their way. Holden sent the puck off the boards, where it took an angle towards the net that would make his geometry teacher proud and gave Brown the opportunity to pass it backhand past Talbot for the tie.

Holden and Brown have both been healthy for the first two games. Brown hadn’t played since tearing his hamstrings in early April.

“We don’t win without these two guys in the lineup,” DeBoer said.

Less than two minutes later, Smith gave Vegas the lead when neither Talbot nor defenseman Jonas Brodin got the free puck out of harm’s way in time.

The Wild are one of four teams in the NHL with eight or more playoff appearances in the past nine years – only Pittsburgh has nine – but have played longer without winning a series than every other club in the league. except six. This loss made it much more difficult to end that wait.

“Anytime you let something like that linger, it will spill over into the next game,” Talbot said. “We don’t have the luxury of making our way through it. “

So much for a day off

The Golden Knights were told on Wednesday that they had tested nine positive for COVID-19, forcing them to delay their flight to Minnesota and quarantine those affected. A new test confirmed all nine cases were false positives, and the NHL quickly cleared them for travel by announcing a lab error that also affected the St. Louis Blues, but the situation caused “incredible concern” , DeBoer said.

INJURY REPORT

The Wild lost RW Marcus Johansson in the first half when he crashed in the middle, first in the net. The crowd was mad for no-call, but reruns showed he fell after stepping on the puck, without tripping over Karlsson’s stick. Coach Dean Evason said the injury “didn’t look good”. … Brown caught an injured Tomas Nosek in Game 2. Holden replaced Nicolas Hague on the blue line.

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