The first Game 7 of the 2021 playoffs was played on Friday, with one team's leading goal scorer making his series debut in the nick of time.
Max Pacioretty returned to the Vegas lineup for his first game since May 1. He scored the eventual game-winning goal while skating 16:28 in his usual spot on a line with Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson. Patches led the Golden Knights with 24 goals, so his return was a necessary boost for a Vegas team that had put only two pucks total behind Cam Talbot in Game 5 and 6 losses.
Mattias Janmark turned out to be the Game 7 scoring star, scoring a hat trick. Janmark's three goals were his first of the playoffs. He had scored just one goal in 15 regular-season games since being acquired from the Blackhawks, so you can't be blamed if you didn't have him in your playoff pool.
Overall, depth scoring helped Vegas in this one.