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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: Golden Knights on the brink

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Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Vegas Golden Knights v Dallas Stars - Game Four Photo by Dave Sandford/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 from this series, this game started out quietly on the scoring front, but it wasn’t for lack of chances for either side to get themselves on the board. Indeed, in the first period alone, both Dallas and Vegas each had two power plays to work with, and it was something of a goaltending clinic put on in each of these to keep the game scoreless.

From a chances perspective, the Golden Knights really took over towards the end of the first period and into the second period. They held the Stars to just five shots in the first period, and just one shot for the first half of the second period, and Vegas was really dominating in terms of zone time. And this means that it didn’t feel like much of a surprise when Alec Martinez finally got Vegas on the board, as his shot from the point on the power play got through and past Anton Khudobin. Vegas may have had the early lead, but Dallas responded well and really picked up some momentum as the period went on. They picked up two goals in the back half of the period, as Joe Pavelski tied things up at 11:34 (on Dallas’s seventh shot of the game), and then Jamie Benn pushed them into the lead with a power play goal inside the final minute of the period.

The third period saw Vegas keeping their heads down and getting to work, looking to pull momentum back in their favor and hoping to tie things up again. They would have their best chances late in the period as they earned themselves some power play time with about six minutes to go, including 1:10 of 5-on-3 time, and while they were able to get a handful of good looks, Khudobin came up huge for the Stars to hold on to the lead. They tried again with Robin Lehner pulled, but Dallas kept them from being able to really get set up this time around. The Stars held on to their lead, and the Golden Knights will face elimination on Monday.

Final: Dallas 2, Vegas 1
Series: 3-1 Dallas
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Highlights: NHL