Minnesota Wild flurry shocks Golden Knights in 6-5 thriller

May 3, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) is stopped by Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin scored 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes to highlight a three-goal third period as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Vegas (36-13-2, 74 points) appeared headed to its first-ever regulation victory at the Xcel Energy Center when Jonathan Marchessault scored late in the second period to give the Golden Knights a 5-3 lead.

But Kevin Fiala cut it to 5-4 at the 10:49 mark in the third when he put in a rebound of a Nick Bonino shot for his 20th goal of the season.

Minnesota pulled goalie Cam Talbot with 2:11 left and Kaprizov then tied the game with a rebound of a Fiala shot with 1:32 left. Brodin followed with the game-winner 26 seconds later with a knuckling shot through traffic from the left point for his ninth goal of the season.

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It was the fifth straight win for Minnesota over Vegas this season as the Wild improved to 11-2-2 all-time against the Golden Knights and 5-1-1 this season. It was also the third straight game that the Wild rallied from multiple-goal deficits in the third period and also the fourth win this season in that scenario.

Bonino finished with two goals and an assist while Kaprizov, Fiala and Brodin each had a goal and an assist. Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota (33-14-4, 70 points) and Jared Spurgeon added two assists. Cam Talbot finished with 27 saves.

Mark Stone and Alec Martinez each had a goal and an assist for Vegas, which lost for just the second time in the last 13 games. Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch also scored goals and William Karlsson added two assists for Vegas, which lost for the first time in regulation in franchise history when scoring five goals in a game.

Robin Lehner stopped 26 of 32 shots to lose for just the third time (12-3-2) this season for the Golden Knights.

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