Pacioretty returns to play Game 7 for Golden Knights against Wild

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LAS VEGASMax Pacioretty is playing for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

The forward had not played since May 1, when he sustained an undisclosed injury at the Arizona Coyotes. He took pregame line rushes at his usual left wing position with linemates Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone.

Pacioretty led the Golden Knights with 24 goals this season, and was second with 51 points to Stone, who scored 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists).

Pacioretty had not taken part in practice since being injured. The Golden Knights scored two goals in losing Games 5 and 6 after scoring 12 winning Games 2, 3 and 4 of the best-of-7 series.

Pacioretty scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games of the regular season.

Vegas forward Ryan Reaves is playing after being removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday; he and rookie forward Peyton Krebs were placed in protocol Thursday. Krebs was also removed but was scratched.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb is the only Vegas player left in protocol; Nick Holden took his place, paired with Shea Theodore.

The winner will advance to play the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, with Game 1 on Sunday.

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