LAS VEGAS — Joel Eriksson Ek scored at 3:20 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.
After Marcus Foligno forced a turnover for Minnesota in Vegas’ offensive zone, Jordan Greenway‘s centering pass deflected off Foligno’s stick, and Eriksson Ek’s shot deflected off the skate of Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez and through the five-hole.
Cam Talbot made 42 saves for the Wild, including 19 in the first period.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series will be played here Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, BSN, BSWI+).
Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty (undisclosed) did not play. Tomas Nosek replaced Pacioretty at first-line left wing in his first game since April 24.
Martinez (undisclosed) returned to the lineup for Vegas after missing the final two games of the regular season.
Teams that win Game 1 are 490-222 (68.8 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 7-1 in the first round last season.