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Late goals by Jonas Brodin, Kirill Kaprizov catapult Wild past Vegas 6-5

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

If the latest installment of Wild vs. Golden Knights was a potential playoff preview, the series will be entertaining.

And a goal scorer's paradise.

Offense outpaced defense, and the Wild ended up having enough fuel — powering past Vegas 6-5 in front of 3,000 at Xcel Energy Center thanks to not one but two goals in the final two minutes of the third period.

Rookie Kirill Kaprizov tied the game at 5 with 1 minute, 32 seconds to go before Jonas Brodin polished off the comeback on the very next shift just 26 seconds later — a frenzied finish but an ending that certainly wasn't out of the blue considering how the game started.

Golden Knight goaltender Robin Lehner had a shaky start, paving the way for the Wild to open the scoring.

After Lehner lost his stick, the Wild had him scrambling; he even clutched the stick upside down when he finally got it back. That's when Joel Eriksson Ek cruised into the offensive zone and wired the puck by Lehner 3:36 into the first period for his 18th goal of the season.

 

But 53 seconds later, Vegas evened the score 53 seconds on a Shea Theodore shot with Mattias Janmark setting the screen in front of Wild goalie Cam Talbot, who immediately protested. The Wild issued its first coach's challenge of the season, but video review determined Talbot wasn't interfered with on the goal.

Not only did that keep the Golden Knights' goal on the board, but Vegas went to the power play as a result of the unsuccessful challenge. And that's when the Golden Knights discovered their first lead, a rising shot by Alec Martinez from the right faceoff circle at 6:05.

Just 1:43 later, the Wild caught up on another rough sequence for Lehner. A Matt Dumba shot bounced out of his glove, and Nick Bonino backhanded in the rebound.

But Vegas hauled a 3-2 lead into the intermission after Krebs fed Alex Tuch for a shot that trickled through Talbot at 12:20.

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