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DALLAS STARS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (DAL Wins 4-3)

Recap: The reigning Stanley Cup champions wanted a chance to continue defending their title by eliminating Dallas in Game 7. Each team had early chances but some shots missed the net or hit the iron. The Stars eventually took the opening lead off a turnover by Shea Theodore. Dallas took a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

The game locked down in the middle frame with each team breaking up scoring chances. Late in the period Michael Amadio found Brett Howden on Dallas’ doorstep for an easy tap in game tying goal. After 40 minutes, Game 7 was locked in a 1-1 battle.

Dallas had several early rushes on the final period and eventually took the lead on a screened backhand shot by Dallas’ Radek Faksa. Vegas pulled Hill late in the game and had many chances to even the score. However, the defending failed to tie the game and we’re eliminated in seven games by Dallas.

The Golden Knights fall to the Stars in Game 7 and are eliminated from the 2024 playoffs. It was another great season for Vegas and we can’t wait for the 2024-25 season to begin. Go Knights Go! (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights are no longer reigning champions of the NHL. They didn’t play a bad Game 7, but they just didn’t have enough to get over the hump in the most important moments of the game. Marchessault’s open net chance hit the post, Eichel’s backhand slipped just wide, and everything else came up just a bit short. The Golden Knights remain and always will remain 2023 Stanley Cup champions. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 DALLAS STARS 0 (Series Tied 3-3)

Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to extend their season and force Game 7 with a victory at home against the Dallas Stars. Game 6 began with several quality scoring chances from Vegas, but Dallas’ goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped every threat. The Golden Knights recorded ten shots on net but the game was scoreless through twenty minutes.

Vegas goaltender Adin Hill began the period with a few outstanding saves to hold the game scoreless. The Golden Knights offense was outshot 12-8 in the middle frame bus still had as many scoring chances as the Stars. However, the game remained scoreless heading into the second intermission.

The third period continued to be back and forth, intense and tight. Neither team gave an inch, forcing the other to take low quality shots on net. At the 9:54 mark of the final frame Noah Hanifin shot a laser past Oettinger to give Vegas a 1-0 lead. With time winding down Mark Stone hit a long distance empty net goal to seal the game for Vegas.

The Golden Knights defeated the Stars 2-0 in Game 6 to force a seventh and series deciding game. Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday night in Dallas. Puck drop is is at 4:30 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was without question the most action-packed game of the series and yet it remained deadlocked well into the night. Both goalies were stupendous and the offensive waves just kept coming at each of them. Eventually, a hero needed to emerge and boy did he. Noah Hanifin came through with an incredible individual effort to skate into the dangerous ice and wing one past Oettinger. Then, as the team leading has done in every game this series, VGK went into lockdown mode and they played it as perfectly as they could. We’re going back to Dallas to try and break Pete DeBoer’s 7-0 Game 7 record. (Analysis by Ken)

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DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (DAL 3-2)

Recap: Both teams were looking to take a 3-2 series lead with a Game 5 victory. Vegas opened the scoring four minutes into the game on the power play. Captain Mark Stone buried his second goal of the postseason quickly into the period. Sixty-two seconds left the Stars tied the game and took the lead a few shifts later. William Carrier’s evened the score with his patented wraparound shot. After 20 minutes Game 5 was locked in a 2-2 battle.

The middle frame was very tight with only 13 shots combined. Deep into the second period Alex Pietrangelo committed a roughing penalty that lead to a Dallas scoring play. The home team took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

Vegas had several close scoring chances in the final frame, but Dallas and goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped any threat. The Golden Knights pulled Hill with 1:45 remaining in Game 5 but couldn’t find the game tying goal.

The Golden Knights drop Game 5 and fall behind in the seven-game series 3-2. Vegas will have a chance to even the series on Friday night. Puck drop for Game 6 is TBD.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas got a quick goal on the power play yet again in this series, but they just couldn’t make it hold up. The Stars continued to be the better team at 5-on-5 and VGK’s offense dwindled as the game went on. The changes were the big story coming in, yet none of them really made a difference one way or the other. Dallas’ best players have been better than Vegas’ and their depth is staying right with VGK’s. Vegas’ 3rd period push once again came up short. This time it was a bit more dangerous, but Jake Oettinger was better than Chandler Stephenson’s breakaway.  (Analysis by Ken)

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DALLAS STARS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (Series Tied 2-2)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to take a 3-1 series advanced with a victory in Game 4. Coach Bruce Cassidy revised his lineup and slotted in Michael Amadio which immediately paid off. Amadio opened the scoring by following up his own shot on net. Dallas evened the score minutes later taking a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.

Three minutes into the middle frame Jack Eichel gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead. The Stars were awarded a penalty midway through the period, leading to the game tying goal. Dallas took a 3-2 lead with under :90 seconds left in the second period.

Vegas put on heavy pressure to start to the final frame creating several scoring chances. With time winding down the Golden Knights pulled their goalie but the Stars found the open net.

The Golden Knights fall 4-2 as the Stars even the series 2-2. The series shifts to Dallas for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Puck drop is scheduled 4:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game started off pretty well for the home team, taking a lead and controlling the play for a good portion of the 1st period. An unfortunate shot and bounce off Thompson got the Stars back in it. Then, in the 2nd, VGK had a bundle of 3-on-2 rushes and they were able to grab the lead again. Again though, Vegas turned the puck over and gave the Stars a chance again, this one they took twice to grab a lead. In the 3rd, the Stars went into lockdown defense mode and played it to perfection. (Analysis by Ken)

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DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (2-1 VGK) – OT

Recap: Up 2-0 in the seven-game series the Golden Knights immediately had to fend off a desperate Stars team. Dallas outshot Vegas 18-8 in the opening period but were only able to get one past Vegas goaltender Logan Thompson. After the opening twenty minutes the Golden Knights trailed 1-0.

Thompson continued to put on a show in net stopping, 29 shots in 30 minutes of action. The Stars were able to double their lead to 2-0 in the middle frame, however Brayden McNabb finally got the Golden Knights on the scoreboard midway through the second period. Minutes later Jack Eichel tied the game with a crucial shorthanded goal. Through 40 minutes, Game 3 was locked in a 2-2 score.

Vegas had several quality chances to start the final frame, but Dallas was able to fend off the home team’s attack. Both teams battled until time ran out in regulation and needed overtime to decide a winner. Dallas would go on to score late in sudden death to secure the game 3-2.

After their 3-2 loss in overtime the Golden Knights now lead the Stars 2-1 in their seven-game series. The series will resume on Monday night from The Fortress. Puck drop for Game 4 is scheduled for 6:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were an utter disaster for the first 30+ minutes of the game. They could not get through the neutral zone and it led to a flurry of incredible chances coming at Logan Thompson. Thompson stood on his head and thwarted so odd-man rushes. Then, in a flash, VGK scored at 4-on-4 and 4-on-5 to strike back and tie a game they should have been down by four or more. They started to defend better in the 3rd and early OT, but the legs started to catch up to them and a fresh youngster came flying through the neutral zone to end it. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 DALLAS STARS 1 (2-0 VGK)

Recap: Game 2 began with several quality chances for Dallas, but Vegas goaltender Logan Thompson kept his composure and held the game scoreless through most of the period. With under three minutes remaining in the opening frame the Stars took a 1-0 advantage. The lead wouldn’t hold as Jonathan Marchessault tied the game before the first intermission.

The game locked down in the middle frame with only 15 total shots on net. With :67 seconds left in the period Vegas defenseman Noah Hanifin wristed the puck into Dallas’ net for their first lead of the game.

Vegas came out firing in the opening ten minutes of the final frame. The Golden Knights launched eight shots in the first half of the period and controlled play in the second half. The reigning Stanley Cup champions locked down and finished off the Stars 3-1 in Game 2.

The Golden Knights take a 2-0 series lead by defeating the Stars 3-1 in Game 2. The series will now shift to Vegas for Game’s 3 and 4. Puck drop for Game 3 is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Saturday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights entered this series with a very specific plan against an opponent they know well. They wanted to keep their structure defensively and limit transition chances from the Stars. Through two games, they’ve done exactly that and they’ve completely taken the air out of the 3rd best scoring team in the league. VGK are making the Stars look hapless offensively. It’s been impressive. The Golden Knights are coming home with a 2 game advantage. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 DALLAS STARS 3 (1-0 VGK)

Recap: The Golden Knights didn’t wait long in Dallas to begin their Stanley Cup championship defense. Nic Roy drew a penalty in the opening :30 seconds of the playoffs setting up for Vegas’ first goal. Subsequently, in his first game back since February, captain Mark Stone gave the reigning champions a 1-0 advantage. Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a two goal lead at the 8:27 mark of the opening period. Dallas cut the lead in half but newly acquired Tomas Hertl scored the Golden Knights second power play goal of the game. The Stars scored late in the period to keep within one.

Leading 3-2, the Golden Knights quickly came out to start the middle frame. Brayden McNabb ripped a puck from the blueline and regained Vegas’ two goal advantage. Dallas battled towards the end of the period but Logan Thompson was able to fight off the Stars attack.

Midway through the final frame the Stars beat Thompson to cut the Golden Knights lead to 4-3. Vegas did a great job down the stretch of blocking shots and steering Dallas wide. It was a full team effort to seal Game 1.

The Golden Knights take a 1-0 series lead with their 5-4 Game 1 victory over the Stars. Both teams will resume their seven-game series in Dallas on Wednesday night. Puck drop for Game 2 is scheduled for 6:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This was not exactly VGK’s most impressive playoff game. The 1st period was a wild back and forth contest that was highlighted by the Golden Knights’ power play. They got a couple other chances off the rush and buried one. From there, a nice minute to start the 2nd extended the lead to two goals for the third time. There was very little by way of attack the rest of the way. They were solid though defensively, especially in the 3rd period. Not sure that’s the way to beat this team four times in seven games,   (Analysis by Ken)

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