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Wild's superb start ebbs away in 5-2 loss to Vegas in Game 3


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

A shot by Vegas Golden Knights center Patrick Brown (38) went past the glove of Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) for the game-tying goal in the second period.

The Wild thrived on home ice during the regular season, but the team's playoff debut at Xcel Energy Center was a different story.

After splitting the start of the first round in Vegas, the Wild returned to St. Paul and was playing its best hockey of the series before collapsing for a 5-2 loss on Thursday in front of 4,500 that gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven.

Vegas scored three goals on 22 shots in a second-period master class on how to organize a comeback, turning a two-goal deficit into a lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. Defenseman Nick Holden assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals, with Reilly Smith completing the rally at 17 minutes, 33 seconds.


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