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Vegas 6, Minnesota 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, May 28, 2021
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Wes McCauley
Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Matt MacPherson
Attendance: 12156

Mattias Janmark scored his first career hat trick to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 7 of the first round of the West Division playoffs in Las Vegas.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for the Knights, who move on to face No. 1 seed Colorado in the second round on Sunday night in Denver.

Max Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal during a three-goal second period. Nicolas Hague and Zach Whitecloud also scored goals, and Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore each had two assists for Vegas.

Janmark, obtained from Chicago in a three-way trade with San Jose on April 12, had scored just one goal for the Golden Knights entering the contest.

Zach Parise and Kirill Kaprizov scored goals and Cam Talbot finished with 29 saves for Minnesota, which had staved off elimination twice while battling back from a 3-1 series deficit.

Vegas took a 1-0 lead at the 5:09 mark of the first period when Janmark broke in between a pair of Wild defenders, deked Talbot and then slid a shot past the right pad of the Wild goalie.

Parise, a healthy scratch in the first three games of the series, then tied it late in the period with his second goal of the playoffs, posting up in front of the crease and then backhanding a shot between his legs and Fleury's pads.

Shortly after Kaprizov fired a shot off the crossbar, the Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead early in the second period when Hague fired a wrist shot through traffic from the left point for his first playoff goal.

Minnesota tied it with a power-play goal by Kaprizov, who took a pass from Mats Zuccarello while cutting in front of the right circle and buried a shot through Fleury's pads for his second goal of the playoffs.

Pacioretty, left alone in the slot, then gave Vegas a 3-2 lead midway through the period when he one-timed Stephenson's pass from along the left boards. It was the first goal since April 28 for Pacioretty, who was making his playoff debut after leaving a May 1 game at Arizona with an undisclosed injury.

Whitecloud made it 4-2 later in the period with his first playoff goal, beating Talbot with a wrist shot from the center of the right circle. Janmark then sealed with his second goal of the game off a feed from Nicolas Roy with 7:24 left.

Minnesota pulled Talbot with 4:58 to go and Janmark completed the hat trick with an empty net goal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Minnesota   Vegas
Kirill Kaprizov 1 Points Mattias Janmark 3
Kirill Kaprizov 1 Goals Mattias Janmark 3
Joel Eriksson Ek 1 Assists Nicolas Roy 2
Kirill Kaprizov 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Talbot .848 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .900
Cam Talbot 28 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 18
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 20 2 1-2 1-1 8 21
Vegas 34 6 0-1 1-2 10 41
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