We could all see this coming. The Minnesota Wild has surprised all of us this season with how well they have done this year. Kirill Kaprizov is the real deal and is a superstar already. Cam Talbot has been nothing but spectacular for the Wild all season long. When it comes to the playoffs, the Wild have never had too much success. That seems to have continued this year and the Vegas Golden Knights are responsible. In a do-or-die game seven atmospheres, Vegas feeds off their home crowd’s energy to win 6-2 and advance to play the Colorado Avalanche.
The Vegas Golden Knights didn’t make the biggest splash at the deadline, but it is working out for them. Mattias Janmark was signed by the Blackhawks over the summer but was traded to Vegas at the deadline. While he hasn’t had much success with the club, he has made up for it with a banger of a performance tonight. Janmark just obliterated the Minnesota Wild defense and helped the Golden Knights smash the Wild.
Janmark got the Golden Knights started with the first goal of the game. He looked like Connor McDavid out there with the tuck-in finish he put on. After that, it was all Janmark in the third period. He throws in a dagger to Minnesota with a goal in the third period to make it 5-2. After that, he finishes off the hat-trick to make it 6-2 and completely end the Minnesota Wild’s season. Janmark seems like he is a great addition to the team and Vegas will look for more production from him on this long playoff run. The next stop is the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
— NHL (@NHL) May 29, 2021
The Flower knows how to win in the playoffs. Marc-Andre Fleury is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with Pittsburgh and has taken these Vegas Golden Knights to a final already. The most mind-blowing stat is that Fleury has never won a game seven while playing at home. He would look to change that tonight in a very emotional game seven against the Minnesota Wild.
Fleury was spectacular in this game all the way until the end. Even when he gave up a few soft goals to Parise and Kaprizov, the Flower seemed calm and collective. Vegas dominated this game from the opening face-off and never looked back. The Wild had trouble producing offense all night long. Even on the power-play, nothing seemed to go right for the Wild. They managed to put up just 20 shots on goal as opposed to Vegas’ 34 shots. It is clear how Vegas generated more goals than Minnesota. As a result, the Wild have been sent packing back home to the State of Hockey.
remember when the pens picked matt murray over marc andre fleury
— Sam (@samanthacp_) May 25, 2021
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