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No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars
After Dallas picked up the lead in the series with a 1-0 win in Game 1, Vegas was looking to come out stronger and find their game again, looking to get back on track. And for anyone who watched the first game of the Eastern Conference Final (an 8-2 win for Tampa) and was hoping that we might finally see some more offense happening in this series, the first period might have had you a little nervous. Both sides had a couple of good chances early, but the goaltenders came up big, and we hit the first intermission still scoreless.
The Golden Knights’ offense really broke open in the second period, though. Paul Stastny got them on the board just shy of five minutes into the period, and Vegas really seemed to pick up momentum from there. Frustration started to creep in and dumb penalties, for lack of a better term, became the story for Dallas for a bit there—Corey Perry was called for tripping and William Karlsson doubled Vegas’s lead, and not long after Alexander Radulov was called for slashing and Shea Theodore almost converted on that chance (the puck went in but Dallas challenged for goaltender interference, and that one came back), so the Stars were really getting burned for their mistakes. It seemed to keep getting worse, as it would turn out, as late in the period a bad pinch in Dallas’s offensive zone sprung Vegas on a three-on-one, and after some textbook passing on the rush, Tomas Nosek made it a three goal game for real.
After a pretty disastrous second period, the Stars looked to shake things up for the third, and Anton Khudobin was pulled in favor of Jake Oettinger, who made his NHL playoff debut. Oettinger wasn’t quite as busy in the third, but he was still able to stop the bleeding, but in the end this still wasn’t enough. The Stars saw a few good chances to get themselves on the board, but nothing could seem to beat Robin Lehner. So the Golden Knights were able to hold on and secure a shutout for themselves, and tie up the series in the process.