ST. PAUL, Minn. — Cam Talbot made 23 saves, and the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination for a second straight game by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.
The series will be decided in Game 7 at Vegas on Friday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS).
It was Talbot’s second shutout of the series; he made 42 saves in a 1-0 overtime win in Game 1.
Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Jared Spurgeon had two assists for Minnesota, the No. 3 seed in the Honda West Division.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Vegas, the No. 2 seed.
Ryan Hartman gave the Wild a 1-0 lead on a one-timer at 4:21 of the third period.
Chandler Stephenson had a goal disallowed for the Golden Knights at 8:55 because of goaltender interference. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer challenged the call on the ice, but it stood after video review and the Golden Knights were assessed a delay of game penalty.
Fiala scored on the ensuing power play to make it 2-0 at 9:35.
Nick Bjugstad increased the lead to 3-0 with a backhand on the rush at 15:17.
Vegas was without defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Ryan Reaves, who was a late scratch. McNabb was placed in COVID-19 protocol Wednesday. Cody Glass made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut replacing Reaves.