National Hockey League
Minnesota 2, Vegas 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 3, 2021
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Jake Brenk, Tom Chmielewski
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: 3950

Third-period goals 55 seconds apart by Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek gave the visiting Minnesota Wild a 2-1 comeback victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

Goaltender Cam Talbot made 27 saves for the Wild, who not only beat the Golden Knights in consecutive clashes in Vegas, but also moved within two points of Vegas for the second spot in the West Division.

Minnesota has won four of the six meetings between the teams this season, and four of seven overall, while Talbot -- who held the fort in the waning minutes while the hosts pushed for the equalizers -- has been outstanding in the last month, posting a 7-1-1 record in his last nine starts. Minnesota skaters also blocked 26 shots in the win.

Tomas Nosek scored in the first period for Vegas, while goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots. The Golden Knights have dropped three straight games, all on home ice. Vegas went more than a calendar year without losing consecutive home games before Minnesota arrived for the first clash in this two-game set.

With the Golden Knights, who went into the clash boasting a 15-0-0 record this season when leading after two periods, holding a 1-0 edge, Kaprizov cued the comeback with a power-play goal. Kaprizov set up shop at the side of the net and made no mistake with the golden chance set up by Eriksson Ek's cross-ice pass 6:13 into the third period. Kaprizov leads all NHL rookies with 14 goals and 31 points.

Then, Eriksson Ek scored the game-winning goal on the next shift. Shortly after a face-off win in Vegas territory, Jordan Greenway set up Eriksson Ek in the slot. His first attempt was denied, but he buried the rebound to cap a two-point outing.

The Golden Knights also blew a third-period lead in Thursday's clash, which was tied 1-1 after two periods but became a 2-1 Vegas lead early in the period before the Wild claimed a 3-2 shootout win.

Nosek opened the scoring with a unique goal in the opening frame. Alex Tuch, from the side boards at the blueline, simply dumped the puck into the far corner. The puck caromed to the slot and a few players didn't take possession. Nosek grabbed it and quickly whipped a shot home at the 5:33 mark.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Vegas
Joel Eriksson Ek 2 Points Tomas Nosek 1
Joel Eriksson Ek 1 Goals Tomas Nosek 1
Joel Eriksson Ek 1 Assists Nicolas Roy 1
Kirill Kaprizov 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Talbot .964 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .926
Cam Talbot 27 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 27 2 1-3 3-3 6 26
Vegas 28 1 0-3 2-3 6 26
Upcoming Games
  • Vegas will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .636 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Wild have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .615 after a loss.