The Vegas Golden Knights went into Game 7 on Friday night looking vulnerable. They were shut out 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild in Game 6, handing the momentum to Minnesota.
But Vegas put the last game behind them and controlled Minnesota from the opening faceoff, winning in convincing fashion, 6-2, to close out the Wild and advance to Round 2 against the Colorado Avalanche.
The winning goal came off the stick of Max Pacioretty, who made his 2021 playoff debut after sitting out with an undisclosed injury. Forward Mattias Janmark scored three goals for Vegas, his last one into an empty net.