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.
WOW! A crazy series with so many huge momentum swings, of course game 7 would be no different!
The Dallas Stars have advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2008, a big game 7 performance from the whole team with Radulov picking up 2 goals on the only 2 Stars power plays, and an unexpected hero emerged when Joel Kiviranta also scored twice, both times leveling the scoreboard before he picked up his 3rd of the night in OT and eliminated the Colorado Avalanche.
The Colorado Avalanche came out swinging after the Stars took a 3-1 series lead last time out.
Dallas had a last minute opportunity to start Ben Bishop who had missed the last 8 post season starts and what the Stars had hoped would be a huge addition to the lineup turned out to be a painful 5-0 first period.
The Stars come out physical and ready to play after their longest break during the playoffs so far, it was wonderful to watch!
We have gotten a little used to seeing the Stars fall behind early in games, and unfortunately most of the time it has been due to them looking like they haven’t even turned up. Luckily, we have learnt how to come back after falling by 1, 2 or even 3 goals. However, game 4 was a different story, the Stars broke out and took and demanding 3-0 lead in the first.