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Minnesota Wild @ Vegas Golden Knights (Game 7) – 9.00 PM EDT
The Wild and the Knights take it to game 7 to determine who progresses, the first series to go to a decider in the 2020/21 playoffs.
At one point down 3 games to 1, the Wild’s chances of progressing seemed next to 0, but after an impressive 4-2 win in Vegas they returned to Minnesota on Wednesday, where they put on an even more impressive performance, winning 3-0 to tie the series up.
The win marks the second time in this series that the Wild have shutout the Vegas side, with Cam Talbot in net for both of them. Talbot has conceded an average of 2.01 goals per game this postseason, but no one has claimed more shutouts than the Wild’ goalie.
— x – Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 27, 2021
It was a defensively tight game, with a goal not coming until the final period when Ryan Hartman broke the deadlock. The floodgates opened after Hartman scored, as Kevin Fiala added another 5 minutes later with the man advantage, and with the pressure on the Knights building, Nick Bjugstand put the game to bed with 5 minutes to play.
Having now choked back to back chances to close the series out, the momentum is well and truly favouring the Wild, and with the pressure now at a boiling point it is hard to back the Knights in.
NHL Pick – Minnesota Wild (+158)
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