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Stalock makes 26 saves, Wild shut out Golden Knights after trade

Galchenyuk scoreless in MInnesota debut; Fiala has goal, two assists

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

Stalock's 26-save shutout

VGK@MIN: Stalock makes 26 saves in shutout victory

Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots he faced, leading the Wild to a 4-0 win against the Golden Knights with his third shutout of the season

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alex Stalock made 26 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to five games for the Wild (27-23-6), who scored three power-play goals and are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games.

"We need to prove that we want it, and tonight was a good effort to prove that we have a club," Stalock said. "That was a good team to play against."


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Forward Alex Galchenyuk, who was acquired by the Wild on Monday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had one shot and one takeaway playing 12:26.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves through two periods, and Malcom Subban made five saves in relief for Vegas (28-22-8), which has lost two in a row and three of its past four.

"When you come on the road against a desperate team, I think we lost the special teams battle, and for me we lost the net-front battles at both ends," Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. "We didn't make it tough enough on Stalock, and three of their four goals were in the crease. They were just hungrier than we were around our net."

Joel Eriksson Ek scored on his rebound with seven seconds left on the power play at 5:30 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Video: VGK@MIN: Eriksson Ek nets PPG from the circle

Fleury made a save on Fiala before Jared Spurgeon got the loose puck in front on the power play at 12:44 to make it 2-0.

Fiala increased the lead 3-0 at 9:11 of the second period. Zach Parise had an assist, his 400th in the NHL. He is the 34th active NHL player and eighth Minnesota-born player to reach that milestone.

"[Fiala's] feeling it right now. He's buzzing," Parise said. "I think we've had some good chemistry throughout the year when we've played together. … We're getting those long, extended end-zone shifts and rush chances and we're getting power-play looks too. It's been fun."

Video: VGK@MIN: Fiala backhands rebound home from the crease

Parise scored a power-play goal to make it 4-0, one-timing a pass from Eric Staal at 15:47. Subban replaced Fleury to start the third period.

"I think we thought it was going to be a game where we come in here because we've been playing pretty well things would be easy, and in this league it's never easy, especially with this team in this building," Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt said. "We just didn't have the same intensity that they had tonight."

Video: Stalock earns Tuesday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout


They said it

"You can't wash [this game] away but you need to forget a lot of it. We were playing some pretty good hockey a week ago. Even the [6-5 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday] we played some good hockey too; tonight was just a stinker. There's really not much more you can say. We laid an egg. We have to find that intensity and hold every single guy in this locker room more accountable." -- Golden Knights forward Mark Stone

"I feel this year we're such a bigger family, closer to each other, like each other more. It's more fun this season for sure to come to the rink." -- Wild forward Kevin Fiala


Need to know

Galchenyuk was acquired with a first-round pick in the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft and defenseman prospect Calen Addison for forward Jason Zucker. … Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault was held without a point for a second straight game following a six-game point streak (three goals, four assists). … Golden Knights center William Karlsson had three shots and two hits in 16:15 in his return after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. … Fiala has four multipoint games in his five-game point streak (five goals, five assists). 


What's next

Golden Knights: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday (FS-N, FS-WI, MSG, NHL.TV)

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