Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild NHL West Division Semifinals Game 6 Preview and Free Picks
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Minnesota's Ian Cole had his name etched twice in the Stanley Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017, so veteran defender Wild knows all about the twists and turns the playoffs can take.
Minnesota held on for a 4-2 playoff game win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday in Las Vegas to force a Game 6 on Wednesday night in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After the victory, Cole realized that there was still a long way to go. go wild, which leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
Minnesota took a 3-1 lead in Game 5 on goals from star rookie Kirill Kaprizov in the first period, as well as from Zach Parise and Jordan Greenway. The Wild held their ground despite a second period in which Vegas finished with a 40-3 lead on shot attempts and a 22-1 lead on penalties.
Vegas's Alec Martinez cut the score to 3-2 midway through the second with his first playoff goal, but the Wild managed to hold the line behind Cam Talbot's 38 saves. Nico Sturm sealed the victory with an empty goal 39 seconds from time.
Since 1942, 29 teams have recovered from a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to win a series. The last team to take a 3-1 lead was Vegas in 2019 against the San Jose Sharks.
Minnesota had only scored four goals in the first four games against Las Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury before scoring three times in 7 1/2 minutes in the first period on Monday.
Minnesota was 19-2-2 in its previous 23 home games before Vegas led 5-2 in Game 3, never having won a regulation game at Minnesota. The Knights followed up with a 4-0 victory in Game 4.
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