Eriksson Ek’s OT goal lifts Wild past Knights 1-0 in Game 1

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek’s goal at 3:20 of overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday.

Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 42 shots he faced.

Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, the first goalie in NHL history to play in 15 consecutive postseasons, made 29 saves.

After Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo failed to clear the puck, Eriksson Ek was in the slot to send a shot that went off the skate of Golden Knights defender Alec Martinez and past Fleury.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Between hitting, skating, a torrid pace, spectacular goaltending — regulation had everything but scoring.

With 8,683 frenzied fans in attendance to create the loudest atmosphere of the season, an intense first period saw the Golden Knights outshoot the Wild 19-5 and both teams staying aggressive on the forecheck and in the hitting department. Minnesota outhit Vegas 25-23 in the opening period. Talbot got some help from his skaters, too, as they registered 11 blocked shots to help keep the game scoreless.

After falling short in overall shot attempts in the first period — Vegas had a total of 38 to Minnesota’s nine — the Wild flipped the script and did a much better job of turning pucks over, creating breakouts and getting better looks while keeping the Knights locked in their own zone. Fleury was busy in making some of his trademark glove-flashing windmill saves.

Though the Golden Knights were up 30-18 in shots after the second period, the three best saves to that point were by Fleury, who carried his momentum into the third period with several more saves, mostly against Ryan Hartman, who finished with several high-quality scoring chances.

This post will be updated throughout the game

PRE-GAME: Marc-Andre Fleury in net for Golden Knights. Cam Talbot for Wild. Ryan Reaves and Alec Martinez back in the lineup for Vegas.

FIRST PERIOD: Scoreless first period. Wild only 5 shots on goal, Knights 20.

SECOND PERIOD: Scoreless second period. KNIGHTS 0, WILD 0. Shots on goal: Knights 30, Wild 18.

THIRD PERIOD: No goals in third period. KNIGHTS 0, WILD 0. Shots on goal: Knights 40, Wild 27.

OVERTIME: Wild goal  Joel Eriksson Ek (1) (Wrist shot), Assists: Marcus Foligno (1) and Jordan Greenway (1). WILD 1 KNIGHTS 0, FINAL. Shots on goal: Knights 42, Wild 30.

This is the pre-game story

Minnesota Wild (35-16-5, third in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2, second in the West Division)

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada; Sunday, 12 noon PDT

LINE: Golden Knights -176, Wild +151; over/under is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Wild visit Vegas after the Golden Knights shut out San Jose 6-0. Marc-Andre Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves.

The Golden Knights are 40-14-2 against division opponents. Vegas is eighth in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game and is averaging 3.4 goals.

The Wild are 35-16-5 against the rest of their division. Minnesota has scored 180 goals and is eighth in the league averaging 3.2 goals per game. Kirill Kaprizov leads the team with 27.

In their last meeting on May 5, Vegas won 3-2. Minnesota leads the season series 5-1-2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mark Stone has 61 total points for the Golden Knights, 21 goals and 40 assists. Reilly Smith has 9 points over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Carson Soucy leads the Wild with a plus-22 in 50 games this season. Kaprizov has six goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 3.6 goals, six assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.

Wild: 5-3-2, averaging 3.6 goals, 5.7 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with an .858 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs: out (upper body), Alec Martinez: day to day (foot), Tomas Nosek: out (undisclosed), Max Pacioretty: day to day (undisclosed).

Wild: Kevin Fiala: day to day (lower body).

T-Mobile Arena, Nevada; Sunday, 12 noon PDT

LINE: Golden Knights -176, Wild +151; over/under is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Wild visit Vegas after the Golden Knights shut out San Jose 6-0. Marc-Andre Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves.

The Golden Knights are 40-14-2 against division opponents. Vegas is eighth in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game and is averaging 3.4 goals.

The Wild are 35-16-5 against the rest of their division. Minnesota has scored 180 goals and is eighth in the league averaging 3.2 goals per game. Kirill Kaprizov leads the team with 27.

In their last meeting on May 5, Vegas won 3-2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mark Stone has 61 total points for the Golden Knights, 21 goals and 40 assists. Reilly Smith has 9 points over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Carson Soucy leads the Wild with a plus-22 in 50 games this season. Kaprizov has six goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 3.6 goals, six assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.

Wild: 5-3-2, averaging 3.6 goals, 5.7 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with an .858 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs: out (upper body), Alec Martinez: day to day (foot), Tomas Nosek: out (undisclosed), Max Pacioretty: day to day (undisclosed).

Wild: Kevin Fiala: day to day (lower body).

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