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Minnesota 4, Vegas 2
When: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, January 21, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Jean Hebert, Frederic L'Ecuyer
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Ryan Gibbons
Attendance: 18328

Charlie Coyle scored the winning goal with 5:31 remaining, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday in Las Vegas.

Mikko Koivu scored his 200th career goal, and Eric Staal and Marcus Foligno also scored for Minnesota, which leapfrogged Dallas and Colorado into third place in the Central Division with its third win in four games. The Wild also improved to 4-0-1 in five all-time games against the Golden Knights.

Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch scored goals for Vegas, which lost for just the second time in regulation in its past 15 home games (11-2-2). Colin Miller added two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury, making his NHL-leading 44th start, stopped 18 shots.

Tuch, a first-round pick of the Wild in 2014, gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at the 3:37 mark of the first period with a power-play goal. It was a career-high 16th tally for Tuch, who put a wrist shot past Dubnyk's blocker side at the end of a two-on-one with Jonathan Marchessault.

Minnesota came back to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period with two goals in the span of 73 seconds.

Foligno got the first, just his second in 20 games, with a one-timer in the slot off a backhand pass from the left side of the goal by Joel Eriksson Ek. Staal followed with his 15th goal of the season, tapping in a crossing pass through the crease from Jordan Greenway into a wide open right side of the net.

Pacioretty tied it 2-2 at 12:36 of the middle period with his 14th goal of the season, firing a shot from the high slot through Dubnyk's pads.

Minnesota, which survived a five-on-three power play by the Golden Knights for 71 seconds at the start of the third period, regained the lead on Coyle's first goal in 10 games. Coyle roofed a Jared Spurgeon pass into an open left side of the net during a goalmouth scramble.

The Golden Knights pulled Fleury with 1:23 to go, and Koivu sealed the victory with an empty-net goal off a pass from Zach Parise with 12.6 seconds remaining.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Vegas
Eric Staal 2 Points Colin Miller 2
Eric Staal 1 Goals Max Pacioretty 1
Eric Staal 1 Assists Colin Miller 2
N/A Power Play Goals Alex Tuch 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Devan Dubnyk .938 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .857
Devan Dubnyk 30 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 18
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 22 4 0-2 4-5 10 30
Vegas 32 2 1-5 2-2 4 39
Upcoming Games
  • Vegas will play their next game at home against Nashville. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .714 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Wild have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .520 after a loss.