The Minnesota Wild have been coming from behind to win hockey games all season long but none of those comebacks compare to what they did tonight vs the Vegas Golden Knights. The Wild entered Monday’s contest, the first of a two game series, trailing Vegas by six points in the Honda West standings. With just six games remaining in the season, they needed a sweep to be realistically in the hunt.
Tonight’s matchup had a playoff feel but, with ten minutes remaining in the 3rd period, the Wild trailed the Knights 3-5 and a regulation sweep appeared to be nothing but a pipe dream. Then… the magic happened.
Not only did the Wild find a way to come back and win this game, but they found a way to do it in regulation, scoring three goals in eight minutes. That means Minnesota get two points and Vegas gets ZERO. What a night.
Holy moly, @KaprizovKirill and the @mnwild with an EPIC comeback!
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The victory brought the Minnesota Wild within four points of the Vegas Golden Knights for the Honda West lead. They currently sit tied for second with the Colorado Avalanche, who are playing against the San Jose Sharks right now. The Wild and Golden Knights will get one night off and then lace them up again on Wednesday for the season series finale.
I wrote more about the Honda West race and what it will take for the Wild to win it this morning.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan