Golden Knights defeat Wild in Game 7, advance to second round

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 6-2 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Vegas will play the Colorado Avalanche in the second round. Game 1 is at Colorado on Sunday.

Mattias Janmark scored his first NHL hat trick, and Max Pacioretty scored in his first game since May 1 for the Golden Knights, the No. 2 seed in the Honda West Division. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves.

Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson each had two assists for Vegas. 

The Wild, the third seed, forced a Game 7 for the third time in their history after trailing the series 3-1. Kirill Kaprizov and Zach Parise scored, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves.

Janmark gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 5:09 of the first period after gathering the loose puck and deking to his forehand.

Parise tied it 1-1 at 16:49 of the first when he deflected Ryan Suter‘s shot between his legs.

Nicolas Hague gave Vegas a 2-1 lead with a shot from the point off a face-off from the left circle.

Kaprizov tied it 2-2 on the power play at 4:35.

Pacioretty gave Vegas the lead back at 3-2 at 7:44 of the second on a one-timer from Stephenson. The forward was returning from an undisclosed injury.

Zach Whitecloud made it 4-2 at 13:38.

Janmark made it 5-2 at 12:36 of the third period on a one-timer from Nicolas Roy, then scored his third into an empty net at 16:53 for the 6-2 final.

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