After a tied home stand for game 1 and game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the Vegas Golden Knights traveled to Minnesota for 2 games. This was a daunting task as the Vegas Golden Knights have never won in regulation on the road in Minnesota. That was until Thursday night and Game 3 of the series.
Game 3: Vegas 5, Minnesota 2
As game 3 began the Minnesota Wild came out swinging. They controlled much of the 1st period and scored 2 goals. A 3rd goal was scored but was challenged and taken away due to offsides. The challenge was critical and perhaps the trigger for a change from the Vegas Golden Knights. 1st period ended with a score of 2-0 Wild. After this the Vegas Golden Knights took off and the game looked very different. In the 2nd period goals scored by Stone, Brown, and Smith set the tone to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 led. But the momentum did not stop there, in the 3rd they capitalized on their successes with goals by Karlsson and Stone. This snagged the Vegas Golden Knights their first ever regulation win in Xcel Energy Center. The final score being 5-2 Vegas Golden Knights to push them to a 2-1 series lead.
Game 4: Vegas 4, Minnesota 0
With a 2-1 series lead heading into game 4 the Vegas Golden Knights looked to extend their series lead to 3-1. With a remarkable night by goalie Marc Andre Fleury they did exactly that. Fleury had 35 saves on goal as the Minnesota Wild outshot the Vegas Golden Knights 35 goals to 18 goals. The difference maker, besides Fleury, was accuracy as 4 goals went in for Vegas. These goals were scored by Roy in the 1st, Tuch and Stone in the 2nd, and an empty netter by Roy in the 3rd. The Minnesota Wild did have 1 goal but it was challenged and called back due to goalie interference.
Their guy hit Flower with his tushee and it's back to 1-0 good guys 😄
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 23, 2021
With another regulation win in Minnesota, the Vegas Golden Knights extended their series lead to 3-1. They also were able to break the Xcel Energy Center curse by winning not one, but, two games in regulation.
~Josie Averitt (@JosieAve On Twitter).
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