The Vegas Golden Knights exploded in the second half on Thursday, scoring five unanswered goals and eventually beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
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With a 2-0 lead in favor of the Wild in the first period, forward Joel Eriksson tripled the lead, surpassing the vigilance of Knights goaltender Mark-Andre Fleury in the first period. Head coach Peter DeBore challenged the authorities’ decision, believing it was off-side in the streak. The target, eventually denied, seems to have whipped up visitors, who never looked back.
The captain, who formed the Nevada Mark Stone, also found the back of the net twice and increased his game. For his part, Patrick Brown equalized at the end of the second period and Riley Smith then made the winning moments.
William Carlson, with his first goal of the series, put the game away for the Wild at the end of the game.
Minnesota rookie Kirill Kaprizov collected an aid for the loss.
The two teams will meet on Saturday at the Excel Energy Center for the fourth game of the series.