After playing some really good hockey throughout the postseason, the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights will battle in a series for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Western Conference Finals started on Friday night at T-Moble Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coming into the series, it feels like one that could go the distance. With the way game one went, that idea seems to be validated.
The Dallas Stars got out to a lead late in the first period when Jason Robertson scored his first of the series. It hasn’t been the best postseason for him in terms of scoring considering he was a 100-point player during the regular season, but now would be a great time for him to get hot.
William Karlsson scored to even up the game for the Golden Knights about halfway through the second period. Early in the third period, Karlsson scored again to get his team ahead for the first time in the game.
It took less than three minutes for Roope Hintz to get the game tied again. The superstars are starting to come out to play at this point.
The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights went at it on Friday night.
Later in the third, Teddy Blueger scored his first goal and point of the playoffs (in his third game) to get Vegas ahead once again. The fourth line of the Golden Knights was humming all night long, and they were rewarded here.
As expected, Dallas started to make a push toward the end. Nobody is going to go down without a fight at this point in the playoffs. With the goalie pulled, Jamie Benn found a rebounded that took a couple of bounces and scored to tie it up with 1:59 remaining in regulation.
For the second straight night, the conference finals went to overtime. This time, however, it didn’t need almost four full overtime periods to come up with a winner, as Brett Howden made a smart play that saw the puck enter the net for a winner.
The Golden Knights took a 1-0 series lead thanks to their tenacious effort, but the Stars have to be happy with their resiliency. As mentioned before, this game might be a prelude to how the rest of the series is going to go. Hockey fans are in for a treat.
Coming into game number two, each team can expect more of the same. Both teams are hard on the puck, fast, and incredibly skilled. Vegas would like to defend home ice, and the Stars could really use a tied series coming home.