Before Thursday night’s game between the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights, Stars captain Jamie Benn was suspended for two games for his bad play against Mark Stone in game three.
Of course, Dallas also had their backs to the wall in this game as they came in down 3-0 in the series. Game four was an opportunity to force a game five, as they try to claw back in the series.
It didn’t start off well for them, though, as they allowed another early goal. At 4:17 of the first period, William Karlsson tipped in a great pass from Reilly Smith to put the Golden Knights up 1-0.
At that moment in time, it looked like a redo of game three was coming. At 15:42 of the same period, however, Dallas responded.
Jason Robertson scored a power-play goal to get it tied. They needed that badly, as they couldn’t afford to let this game get out of hand.
The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights played a great game on Thursday.
Vegas did take the lead again though, as Jonathan Marchessault scored at 10:23 of the second. All of the goal-scoring that Marchessault and Karlsson have been doing has to have them in the Conn Smythe Trophy race.
That absolute superstar Jason Robertson wasn’t done lighting the lamp though, as his second of the game got it tied at two at 17:21 of the second period. Nobody scored in the third, so we were treated to overtime get again.
Early in the overtime period, the Dallas Stars were awarded a power play. On the man advantage, the Dallas Stars scored to force a game five.
Roope Hintz did some dancing around with the puck and even had it on goal, but it found its way to Miro Heiskanen. The star defenseman then put it on a tee for Joe Pavelski who did not miss his one-time shot.
Now, these two teams will head back to Vegas with different motives. Dallas would like to force a game six, and Vegas will be trying to end the series there. It is a difficult situation for Dallas, but they are still alive. If they win game five, all of the pressure will go back on Vegas.