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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 6, Golden Knights 5

Minnesota caps furious third-period rally with two goals in final two minutes to secure victory

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

On Monday night, the Wild scored a 6-5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.'s Dan Myers provides three takeaways in the Postgame Hat Trick, presented by Associated Bank. Learn more on how to score up to $500 by opening a Wild Checking account.

1. This team doesn't quit.

Trailing by a pair of goals in the third period, again, the Wild came from behind, again. 

Video: VGK@MIN: Kaprizov nets Fiala rebound for tying goal

Although this time, it didn't just force overtime ... it finished the comeback with a pair of goals just 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes. The first, by Kaprizov, with goalie Cam Talbot on the bench, tied the game.

Video: VGK@MIN: Brodin scores in 3rd period

On the next shift, Jonas Brodin wired the winner by Robin Lehner with 66 seconds left in regulation. 

It's the third time in three games the Wild has rallied from two down in the third period to earn at least a point, and the second time it has comeback to win.

2. No point for you.

If the Wild is gonna mirror the comeback in the season standings, it's gonna take regulation wins like this one.

Vegas entered the night with a six-point lead on Minnesota with six games to play. And leading by two goals late, it looked like that lead would get pushed to eight with five to go ... a mountain that certainly would have been too steep to overcome, especially against a team like the Knights.

Video: VGK@MIN: Fiala puts home own rebound

Instead, Minnesota's rally decreased its deficit from six to four points with five to go, including one final matchup between these clubs on Wednesday night. 

More importantly, Brodin's late winner assured the Knights of no cheap points, which certainly helps the Wild's cause as it aims to make one final push at the West.

Video: VGK@MIN: Bonino scores PPG in 2nd period

The wild card in all this, of course, is how Colorado fares down the stretch. The Avs have a game in hand on both clubs and probably the easiest remaining schedule of the bunch ... but hey, the Wild's still got a shot. 

3. Smash the over.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Wild and Golden Knights engaged in a high-scoring contest on Monday night in St. Paul. 

Entering the night, both Minnesota and Vegas ranked in the top-10 in the NHL in lowest goals against per game. The starting goaltenders, Cam Talbot and Robin Lehner, were 9th and 11th (among goalies with at least 15 starts) in save percentage. 

Video: VGK@MIN: Eriksson Ek fires a wrister past Lehner

And none of that mattered on this night.

The clubs had combined for four goals in less than eight minutes of action, and that pace only slowed a little bit, as the Knights overcame an early one-goal deficit, then scored two quick goals to take the lead. After the Wild tied it at 2-2, Vegas took a 3-2 lead at 12:20 of the first. 

The Knights would lead until the latter stages of this one, only to see the Wild score three times in the third, including two in the final two minutes of regulation.

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