LAS VEGAS – Max Pacioretty scored on his return for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.
He hadn’t played since May 1, when he suffered an undisclosed injury to the Arizona Coyotes. He played in his usual left-winger position with his teammates Chandler Stephenson and Brand Pierre.
Pacioretty has led the Golden Knights with 24 goals this season and was second with 51 points behind Stone, who has 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists).
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Pacioretty had not taken part in training since he was injured. The Golden Knights scored two goals in losing Games 5 and 6 after scoring 12 wins in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Top 7 series.
Pacioretty has scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games of the regular season.
Vegas forward Ryan Reaves performed after being taken off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Friday; he and rookie forward Peyton Krebs were placed in protocol on Thursday. Krebs was also taken out but was wiped out.
Defender Brayden McNabb is the only Vegas player remaining in the protocol; Nick Holden took its place, paired with Shea Theodore.
The winner will advance to face the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, with Game 1 on Sunday.