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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: May all of your overtimes be brief

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Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Vegas Golden Knights v Dallas Stars - Game Three Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs we’ll be keeping track of all the action around the league, and bringing you all of the results in one place.

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars

As we’ve come to expect in stretches from this series, this game started as a distinctly tight checking affair. We had a couple of good chances for each side, and on the whole the early part of the game was pretty evenly played, without any really wild swings in momentum. But on the whole offense was somewhat sparse, and it looked like we were cruising with that 0-0 tie and bringing it right into the third period. It took until the tail end of the second period for us to get anything in the way of big chances, and it was one that the Stars converted on, as with just 17 seconds left in the second period, after blocking a shot to deny a chance for Vegas, Jamie Oleksiak was sprung for a breakaway and just beat Robin Lehner on a shot that trickled through his pad.

And as we hit the third period, it was like a switch was flipped, and things broke open a bit, and we got quite a bit more going in the way of offense. The Golden Knights picked up the early momentum in the period and ended up in a prime position to get themselves back into this game, drawing a couple of penalties and earning themselves some time on the man-advantage. They even had 1:01 of 5-on-3 time to work with, and while they weren’t able to close on any of the chances they generated therein, they were able to score on the subsequent 5-on-4, when a shot by Shea Theodore appeared to deflect in on Anton Khudobin off of Radek Faksa’s stick, and we had a tied game. The Stars responded well, and just under four minutes later, Jamie Benn picked up a goal to pull them back into the lead. That lead, however, would be short lived, as at 12:46, Alex Tuch tied things up again. The Stars challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but the officials confirmed the ruling on the ice, so we had a good goal, and the tie held. Vegas got a power play out of the failed challenge, and failed to convert themselves, and the Stars were unable to close on the couple of good chances they had after that, so things stayed tied up through the third period.

So we had overtime, and it was a quick one. The Stars had a good chance in the waning seconds of regulation, and it seems that they brought that momentum with them into overtime, and only 31 seconds into the period. Alexander Radulov picked up a goal on the rush to secure the win for the Stars.

Final: Dallas 3, Vegas 2 (OT)
Series: 2-1 Dallas
SB Nation team perspective: DAL | VGK
Highlights: NHL