VGK on 3-game losing streak after being swept by Wild
Updated: May 22, 2021
The losing streak is up to three games for the Vegas Golden Knights after being swept in their latest two-game outing.
The Minnesota Wild took both games from the T-Mobile Arena Thursday, April 1 and Saturday, April 3.
Vegas is now 2-4 against Minnesota this season after winning the first two meetings of the year.
Two more games against the Wild remain on the schedule in early May.
L, 3-2 (SO)
Center William Karlsson scored his 10th goal of the year just three and a half minutes into the opening period.
Defensemen Shea Theodore and Alec Martinez both were credited with assists.
However, a little over four minutes later, the game was tied on a goal by left-wing Kirill Kaprizov.
After a scoreless second period, defenseman Brayden McNabb tallied his first goal of the year off assists from left-wings William Carrier and Tomas Nosek.
This time it took less than four minutes for the Wild to tie the game off the stick of defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
That goal came off a power play opportunity for Minnesota.
Despite a power play opportunity for Vegas in the overtime period, both teams failed to end the game with one shot.
Wild goalie Cam Talbot recorded saves in his first two appearances between the pipes before securing a win that sent him to 7-0-0 at home this season.
Knights goalie Robin Lehner was successful his first time around but left-wing Kevin Fiala was able to sneak one in.
Right-wing Alex Tuch was Vegas’ last opportunity but missed the net during his attempt.
Falling to 24-9-2, VGK fell into a tie with Colorado at 50 points.
It was Lehner’s first loss since returning from injury.
Already in a tie for first place with the Avalanche, the Knights missed a golden opportunity to take a much needed game away from the Wild.
Left-wing Tomas Nosek got the scoring early, notching his fifth goal of the season just 5:33 into the game.
For quite some time it appeared that would be the only point of the game before left-wing Kirill Kaprizov capitalized on a power play opportunity 6:13 into the third period.
Less than a minute later, center Joel Eriksson Ek took the lead with his 14th goal of the season.
It was the first time this season that the Golden Knights were swept in a two-game series at home.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury dropped to 6-13-0 against Minnesota in his career.
He posted 25 saves for a save percentage of .926%.
All three of the losses during this streak belong to Fleury.