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Knights complete season series sweep of Wild

Forty-eight hours after Saturday night’s win over the Minnesota Wild, the Vegas Golden Knights recreated the outcome beating Minnesota once again.

The Vegas Golden Knights completed the season series sweep of the Minnesota Wild Monday night with a 4-3 shootout win in St. Paul, Minnesota. Right-winger Reilly Smith helped his Golden Knights win with a shootout goal that sealed the deal for the visitors.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to win some of those games with your ‘B’ game so to speak and we were able to do it so good for us,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said.

This was the 11th third period comeback win for the Golden Knights which is the most by any team this season.

“It’s been pretty tough for us to win in this building so when we’re able to do it, especially this time of year, it's very important points,” Smith said. “Being down a goal with a minute left and coming back to pick up two points is huge for our group right now.”

Vegas has also managed to score a goal in each of the last 13 regulation periods. You would have to go back to the second period of the Mar. 25 game against the Oilers to find the last time Vegas went scoreless in a regulation period.

This win puts the Golden Knights at 48-22-7 on the season with 103 points in the Pacific Division. Vegas leads the division by three points over the Los Angeles Kings and four points over the Edmonton Oilers.

It is a quick turnaround for the Golden Knights as they are back in action Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee as they get set to take on the Nashville Predators for the final meeting of the regular season between these two teams. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN nationwide.

Much like Monday’s game against the Wild, Vegas will be looking to complete the season sweep of the Nashville Predators Tuesday night. The Golden Knights took each of the first two matchups this season, winning 5-4 in overtime on New Year’s Eve and 5-1 on Feb. 7.

For the fourth time in as many games, goaltender Laurent Brossoit saw action between the pipes for Vegas. This was the third consecutive game that he has started and he finished his night saving 30 of the 33 Minnesota shots he faced for a final save percentage of .909 in the win.

As the Knights have been known to do, Vegas scored the game’s first goal and the first period’s only goal when right-winger Keegan Kolesar scored with 10:01 remaining in the opening frame.

This is Kolesar’s eighth goal of the season which establishes a new career-high for goals in a season.

“Whenever we get an opportunity to collect two points, we’re going to do our best,” Kolesar said.

Assisting on Kolesar’s goal was defenseman Ben Hutton who has now matched his career-best points streak, recording at least one point in each of his last three games.

The story of the game came from left-winger Pavel Dorofeyev who lit the lamp twice for Vegas and both at times where the team needed it the most. The first of these two occasions came with 3:26 remaining in the second period when he tied the game at two.

The second time he scored was also to tie the game up but this time, it came with 35 seconds remaining in regulation to get the game to overtime and an eventual shootout where the Knights sealed the victory.

Dorofeyev picked up his first career multi-point game and now has seven goals scored to go along with two assists in his last ten games.


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