VGK Come From Behind to Win Game 3 of Playoff Series Again Wild in Minnesota 5-2
After a great Game 2 win over the Minnesota Wild at The Fortress at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the Vegas Golden Knight traveled to Minnesota for Game 3 in their first round playoff series against the Wild. The VGK were once again without their top goal scorer Max Pacioretty - and he was sorely missed.
There were no goals scored in the first period of the first two games, but that would change quickly in Game 3. Ryan Hartman opened the scoring early for the Wild with a goal at 2:16, Joel Eriksson Ek added another at 8 minute mark. The VGK were fortunate that another Wild goal in the first was waived off after a review and offsides call.
The Golden Knights came back strong in the 2nd period. In what might have been the best period of the entire season for the VGK, they scored 3 goals and ended the period with a power play heading into the 3rd period. Vegas Golden Knights Captain and right winger Mark Stone scored the first goal of the game for VGK - which was his first goal of this years' playoffs. Next came a goal on a great play in front of the net by center Patrick Brown, who spent most of the season as the Captain of the Henderson Silver Knights. Right-winger Reilly Smith finished up the scoring for the VGK in the 2nd.
Both teams played a tough 3rd period, with William Karlsson scoring a nice security goal with just over 2 minutes left. But the Wild didn't give up and it was a crazy last 2 minutes with Vegas holding on with a few nice saves by Marc-Andre Fleury and a goal gloved off the goal line by VGK defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Captain Mark Stone scored his second goal of the game on an empty netter with 59 seconds left.
It the end, it was a great come from behind victory by the Vegas Golden Knights, who now lead the series 2-1 and have regained home ice advantage.
The VGK will play the Wild in Game 4 in St. Paul on Saturday evening.
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