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Vegas Golden Knights Advance With Game Seven Thrashing of Wild

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Vegas Golden Knights Max Pacioretty Mattias Janmark

The Vegas Golden Knights closed out a series on home ice for the first time in franchise history, topping the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night at TMobile Arena and moving on to a second-round clash with the Colorado Avalanche.

Max Pacioretty made a dramatic return to the Golden Knights lineup after missing 12 games and scored the game-winning goal. Meanwhile, Mattias Janmark, the Vegas Golden Knights NHL trade deadline acquisition, recorded a hat trick including icing the game into an empty net late in the third period.

Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in net, keeping Minnesota at bay and weathering the third-period push from the Wild as desperation set in.

Now, the Golden Knights will travel to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at 8 pm ET – 5 pm PT.

The Takeaways

  • High drama, but Max Pacioretty’s return to the Golden Knights lineup was incredibly impactful. From the emotional lift it provided to his scoring of the third (and as it turned out game-winning) goal, Pacioretty being back on the ice also re-balanced the scoring through the lineup. With Alex Tuch back down the lineup to provide his offensive talents, scoring was once again spread out more evenly throughout the lines.
  • Also great to see Zach Whitecloud and Nic Hague finding the score sheet as well. Whitecloud’s goal was perfectly placed just inside the top corner and Hague’s seemed to have eyes, finding a way through Cam Talbot on the short side. Some nights things just go your way. This was one of them.
  • The Golden Knights finally wore the Wild down. It took the entire series but they did it. Vegas was able to get more and better chances than in almost any other game in the series tonight. Hopefully that carries over to the next series.
  • Congrats to Mattias Janmark who posted a playoff hat trick to drive the scoring for Vegas. Janmark has been such an important part of the Golden Knights success since his acquisition, and tonight it was fantastic to see him rewarded for it.
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tomb

That was a dramatic win for Vegas.

The Pacioretty reappearance was timely.

Avs in five.

Ending a sentence with “as well?” You should return your grade school grammar diploma.

Brandon

I really dont care because I’m an Islanders fan but being impartial, I’ve never seen a team get more Ref help than Vegas. Even going into the end of the regular season refs would call nothing on Vegas but everything on opponents, especially late in the game.. Soooo many missed calls, especially high sticks to faces & dirty hits but then would whistle for soft ass “hooks” or “tripping” or “interference” off basically love taps that happen all throughout games just to benefit Vegas. So many times opponents were bleeding from the face from high sticks or from getting rammed face first into the boards & the refs would pocket their whistles but call anything to get Vegas a PP. Just sad that games get called that way. I have no problem with Vegas, their fans are friendly, their arena fun but the blatant favoritism by the refs was so unbelievably visible.

LOL@U

Have fun watching your crappy team get rolled over by superior bruins. Or you are probably a salty mild fan.

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