Dallas scores 3 unanswered goals after falling 2-0 in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to eliminate the Vegas Golden Knights and move on to the Stanley Cup Finals where they will face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the New York Islanders.
Khudobin seemed the only Stars player who knew what time the game started tonight! A painful first period to watch as the Stars looked a step behind the Knights at all times, that combined with what felt once again like the puck just wouldn’t stick to our players as it bounced over our sticks and fed the Vegas Golden Knights opportunity after oppertunity!
A strong start for the Stars and Knights saw the first period finish 0-0, Dallas came out strong in the second and were by far the better team and it eventually paid of with a last minute goal by Oleksiak. The 3rd period was a lot more open and back and forth, Vegas with more possession, shots and chances, but the Stars after giving up the lead twice got to overtime and Radulov found space and gives the Stars a 2-1 series lead in a 3-2 Stars win.
The Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks met for the 3rd and final time this season, the Stars looking to get back to their winning ways after a loss the Golden Knights last time out.
The Stars get of to a slow start once again and the Ducks for the most part dominate the first period and the Stars after a bad turnover fall 1-0 and will have to find their way back into this game.
The second period in true Stars fashion is much more entertaining and sees the stars equalize, then open up a 2 goal advantage looking good at 1-3 Stars. The Ducks will get one back before the end of the 2nd bringing the score after the second period to 2-3 Stars.
Montgomery has been changing the lines up all night trying to find some spark in his club on the road, Seguin & Benn started the night separated, but later they were reunited and saw time on the ice with Spezza, Radulov & Hanzel during the game, however, the 3rd Period the Stars seemed to sit back and simply try to defend attack after attack from the Ducks until the inevitable happened and the Ducks got the equalizing goal. This still wasn’t enough to get the Stars going again and the Ducks scored again taking a 2 goal advantage with less than half the final period to play. The Stars once again pull Bishop for the extra attacker with almost 5 minutes left, the Stars manage to control the play and spend the rest of the game in the Ducks zone however, the Ducks manage to gain possession and get one in the empty net, making the final score 6-3 Ducks.
A frustrating game… the Stars didn’t play badly, however, they did not play well, only the 2nd period was a good enough performance and the 1st and 3rd periods were just not good enough. Let’s hope they can finish the season series against the Sharks later today with a full 3 periods of effort and pick up a much-needed win as this loss has dropped the Stars out of a playoff spot!
Score: 6-3 ANA
Shots: 36-29 ANA
Face Off: 52% ANA
Power Play: 2/3 DAL
Penalty Kill: 1/1 DAL
Hits: 27-26 – ANA
The Dallas Stars headed to Vegas looking for their 5th win in a row and looked to keep their 100% point record alive against the Pacific division (9-0-1).
The Stars got of to a good start and for once looked like the better team during the first period, but the period finished 1-1. The Golden Knights however took control in the 2nd and scored twice, giving them a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd.
The Stars had a little more energy in the 3rd and it awarded them a power play, their second of the game and Spezza bounces one in of Lindell to get the Stars back to within a shot and gives Dallas a 2 for 2 record on the power play so far tonight.
With the Stars within a shot and just 7 minutes left, Vegas takes a 4-minute minor for high sticking and with a suddenly hot Dallas power play everything was looking good, however, the Stars couldn’t get one when they needed it the most and the Knights kill off both minors, Vegas then get their own power play with a minute left as the Stars have an error in communication with Bishop coming out of the net. The Stars pull Bishop again to bring play back to 5-on-5 but the Knights score into the empty net to finish the game 4-2 and stop the Stars winning streak.
Score: 4-2 VGK
Shots: 28-24 VGK
Face offs: 50/50
Power Play: 2/4 DAL
Penalty Kill: 4/5 DAL
Hits: 23-31 DAL