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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: Dallas strikes first

Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Dallas Stars v Vegas Golden Knights - Game One 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

The Western Conference Final is upon us, and we had two teams seemingly riding high from Game 7 wins to get here, both coming out of largely high scoring series, and that pretty well set an expectation for this series. And, well, Game 1 wasn’t quite what we were expecting. The Stars grabbed the early edge in play and got themselves on the board with a goal by John Klingberg 2:36 into the first period, and really just seemed to have the most jump through the early part of the game.

And from there it really was a matter of Dallas sticking to their game plan and holding on to that early lead. They did well to clog up the neutral zone and keep the Golden Knights from establishing a whole lot of anything in transition, and in general pretty well suffocating their offense (really, the Golden Knights only managed just four shots in the whole of the second period). The Golden Knights were desperate for chances, and they did get a couple of good looks late in the third with Marc-Andre Fleury pulled, but they weren’t able to cash in on any of them. In the end, I don’t know that I would call it a very fun on-ice product, but it was effective, and with it Anton Khudobin picked up his first playoff shutout, and the Stars the lead in the series.

Final: Dallas 1, Vegas 0
Series: 1-0 Dallas
SB Nation team perspective: DAL | VGK
Highlights: NHL