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Minnesota 3, Vegas 0
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 21, 2022
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Peter MacDougall, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Bevan Mills, Jonathan Deschamps
Attendance: 17498

Cam Talbot made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild won their third straight game, 3-0 over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Matt Dumba, Ryan Hartman and Nicolas Deslauriers, playing his first game with the Wild after being acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Saturday, scored goals for Minnesota. With the Wild and the Nashville Predators winning on Monday, both teams moved past the idle St. Louis Blues into a tie for second place in the Central Division.

It was the 26th career shutout for Talbot, who has won each of his past six starts. Minnesota improved to 5-1-1 over its past seven games and is now 20-7-1 at home this season.

Rookie Logan Thompson made 33 saves for Vegas, which had a two-game win streak snapped. The Golden Knights, who play at Winnipeg on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back, have lost their past six road games.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead at the 5:43 mark of the first period when Deslauriers one-timed a Brandon Duhaime pass from the slot through Thompson's pads for his sixth goal of the season.

Dumba made it 2-0 early in the third period when he intercepted a Dylan Coghlan pass in the Vegas zone and then cut over into the high slot, where he fired a wrist shot past a Marcus Foligno screen and Thompson's glove side for his fifth goal of the season.

Thompson was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:45 to go and Vegas got three good shots on goal, including a point-blank one-timer by William Karlsson that Talbot turned away. Hartman then sealed the win with an empty-netter with 6.1 seconds left, his 26th goal of the season.

Vegas played without three players who started in its 5-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Right winger Evgenii Dadonov was dealt to Anaheim right at the trade deadline on Monday afternoon while center Michael Amadio and defenseman Zach Whitecloud both entered the COVID-19 protocol along with assistant coach Ryan McGill.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Vegas   Minnesota
N/A Points Nicolas Deslauriers 1
N/A Goals Nicolas Deslauriers 1
N/A Assists Brandon Duhaime 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Logan Thompson .943 Save Percentage Cam Talbot 1.000
Logan Thompson 33 Saves Cam Talbot 28
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vegas 28 0 0-2 2-2 6 28
Minnesota 36 3 0-2 2-2 6 20
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Wild have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .520 after a loss.
  • Vegas will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .516 after a loss.