EDMONTON, Alberta — For the primary time in 20 years, the Dallas Stars will play for the Stanley Cup.
The third-seeded Stars erased a two-goal deficit within the third interval, then eradicated the Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-2 additional time win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
The rookie ahead Denis Gurianov scored the profitable objective at 3:36 of additional time, after third-period targets from Jamie Benn and Joel Kiviranta erased Vegas’s 2-Zero lead constructed from targets by Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith.
Both groups got here into Game 5 with their lineups unchanged. For Dallas, that included ahead Roope Hintz, who left Game Four within the first interval with an obvious harm and whose look was mentioned to be a game-time choice. In web, Robin Lehner made his fourth consecutive begin for top-seeded Vegas, whereas Anton Khudobin improved his postseason file to 12-6 with the win.
Once once more, Khudobin was sturdy within the Dallas web, stopping 34 of 36 pictures. Through the primary 4 video games of the collection, the Golden Knights outshot the Stars by a mean of 9.5 pictures per sport. Going into Game 5, Khudobin had confronted extra pictures and made extra saves than every other goalie within the N.H.L.’s 2020 postseason.
Throughout the collection, the Stars used their sturdy defensive construction to attenuate high-danger scoring possibilities and to shake the arrogance of Vegas’s scorers. Khudobin did the remaining.
Through their first 12 postseason video games, together with the spherical robin, Vegas posted a 10-2 file and averaged a powerful 3.75 targets per sport. But after taking a 3-1 lead of their second-round collection towards the Vancouver Canucks, the Golden Knights managed simply 12 targets — 4 in three video games towards the Canucks, then eight in 5 video games towards the Stars — of their remaining eight video games.
With the opportunity of elimination looming, Vegas did not construct on its 1-Zero first-period lead throughout three consecutive power-play alternatives within the second. The Stars surrendered one power-play objective in every of the earlier three video games, however the penalty killers went 3-for-Three on Monday whereas Dallas’s energy play went 2-for-Four and delivered the tying and profitable targets.
Early in additional time, Vegas defenseman Zach Whitecloud took a delay-of-game penalty when he unintentionally shot the puck over the glass whereas attempting to clear the zone. With 39 seconds left within the penalty, Gurianov fired a shot from the purpose that beat Lehner over his glove to finish the collection.
Benn had gotten the Stars on the board with 10:06 to play in regulation, extending his scoring streak to a few straight video games. He picked up a free puck after a shot from the sideboards by defenseman Esa Lindell and put it previous Lehner. The objective was Benn’s eighth of the postseason.
Later within the third, Vegas winger Alex Tuch was whistled for his second penalty of the sport after tripping Hintz with 5:24 left to play within the third interval. Kiviranta tallied the tying objective with 23 seconds left within the man benefit, lifting the puck over an outstretched Lehner.
The objective was the primary from Kiviranta since his hat trick in Game 7 of the second spherical, together with the additional time sport winner, helped the Stars advance previous the Colorado Avalanche.
The win is the primary time that the Stars’ Rick Bowness has superior to the Stanley Cup Final as a head coach. He beforehand served as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 and as an affiliate coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015. Both these groups misplaced within the remaining.
In Stars franchise historical past, together with their time because the Minnesota North Stars from 1967 to 1993, their solely Stanley Cup win got here in 1999, towards the Buffalo Sabres. They returned to the ultimate the following season however misplaced to the Devils.
The Stars’ opponent within the remaining will probably be both the Lightning or the Islanders. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference finals three video games to 1 and may advance with a win in Game 5 on Tuesday night time.