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Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping for a two-game series lead with a win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Dallas took the opening lead quickly into the game but Vegas fought back. Mark Stone matched the score late in the period on the power play. 

Midway through the second period the Stars scored the only goal of the frame, taking a 2-1 advantage.

In the final period the Golden Knights pushed the pace but couldn’t find the back of the net. With minutes remaining, Jack Eichel found Jonathan Marchessault to even the score and force overtime. Early in sudden death Chandler Stephenson crashed the net and scored the winning goal. 

Vegas takes a 2-0 series lead with their 3-2 overtime victory and are now two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals. The Golden Knights will have a chance to get even closer on Tuesday night in Dallas. Puck drop for Game 3 is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: VGK’s method in this game was turning the Stars over in the defensive zone. The forecheck wasn’t quite as effective over the course of the whole game but the chances kept coming because Vegas dominated along the walls. The challenge was then taking the turnovers and putting them on the net. It took way too long for VGK to do that, but they eventually got enough of them that it secured them yet another come from behind win. (Analysis by Ken)

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The Golden Knights Forecheck Went After Dallas In Game 1 And They’re Coming Again In Game 2

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In Game 1, the game plan for the Golden Knights was simple, literally the age old hockey cliche.

Get it in deep.

From the very first shift of the game the Golden Knights consistently sent puck after puck after puck deep into the Dallas zone and then hounded their defensemen until they’d unwillingly give it back.

Vegas’ forecheck was buzzing from puck drop to the final shift a few minutes into overtime. It’s become the hallmark of the Golden Knights’ offensive system, and the head coach was not shy in making a declaration about it moving forward in the series.

That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to do it Sunday, so you can put that in print or whatever it is these days. That’s our game and we’re not trying to hide from it. -Bruce Cassidy

Just as it won’t be news to the Stars on Sunday, Vegas’ forecheck didn’t surprise Dallas in Game 1. They knew it was coming, they knew how effective it can be, they just didn’t handle it well at all.

Part of it was execution on us and part of it was them coming at us hard early. You’ve got to give them credit, they were ready to play and they played well. -Pete DeBoer

The dominance of the forecheck was why the ice was tilted so heavily in Vegas’ favor most of the night. The Golden Knights generated 11 takeaways as they denied every exit route out of the Stars end. It looked like they came into the game knowing exactly what Dallas was going to do with the puck, and that’s because, they did.

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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Dallas Stars for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals to decide which team will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Vegas came out strong, attacking Dallas early and often. The Stars were able to fend off the Golden Knights quick rush and were rewarded with two power play opportunities. The home team handled the challenege and killed both minor penalties. With under two minutes left to play in the period, the Stars took the opening lead with a deflection past goaltender Adin Hill.

Midway through the second period William Karlsson jumped on a rebound off the backboards and tied the game 1-1. Vegas controlled the pace for most of the frame by outshooting and pressuring Dallas. Going into the second intermission the game was locked in a 1-1 tie.

Early in the third period Vegas took the lead with Karlsson’s second goal of the game. A few minutes later Dallas evened the score, but the home team fought right back. Depth forward Teddy Blueger controlled a rebound and scored the go-ahead goal 9:20 into the final frame. Dallas made a push in the back end of the period and evened the score to force overtime.

Quickly into sudden death, Brett Howden scored off his own rebound to end the game 4-3.

The Golden Knights take a 1-0 series lead over the Stars with their 4-3 victory. Vegas will try and take a two-game series lead with a win on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop for Game 2 is scheduled for Noon. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas came out and were all over the Stars from the start of this game. They were excellent at both blue lines consistently gaining zone entry and denying the Stars all night long. A few funky hops made the game a lot more interesting than it had to be, but in the end, the clearly better team got the win. Heck of a way to start the series for the Golden Knights. (Analysis by Ken)

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Get To Know Every Dallas Star Expected To Play In The Western Conference Final

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Three seasons ago the Golden Knights and Dallas Stars met in this same round with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. Dallas won that series in five games and look to do the same again this year. This team is a lot different than that one though as there has been turnover on all three levels and many of the most important names from back then have been relegated to much smaller roles. To get a rundown of every player we turned to Robert Tiffin from the D Magazine (give him a follow on Twitter @RobertTiffin).


Jason Robertson

A bonafide star in the NHL who can score from just about anywhere on the ice. The knock on him, and why he fell to the 2nd round in the 2017 Draft, is his skating. He’s used to being able to find space to get into the middle of the ice but in the postseason that space has been taken away and his lack of elite skating has made it hard for him to generate the same types of scoring opportunities. Still a dangerous threat every time he steps on the ice and will be a crucial component to the Stars offense in this series.

Roope Hintz

According to teammate Tyler Seguin, Hintz is “the EA Sports ideal hockey player.” Big, strong, very fast, and has a killer shot. The biggest threat on the ice at any given moment for Dallas both off the rush and in the offensive zone.

Joe Pavelski

An incredibly skilled player that is always in the right spot and consistently makes the best play possible despite his skating limitations. The leader of the Stars in any way captain Jamie Benn isn’t. Also probably the best tipper of the puck in the history of the NHL.

Mason Marchment

An excellent middle-six role player who has not quite kept up the production in Dallas he showed in his breakout 18 goal, 49 point in 54 game season in Florida last year. A much more impactful player when he’s physically engaged in a game.

Max Domi

A deadline addition for the Stars, is one of the leading scorers for Dallas in the playoffs despite rarely ever feeling like a true goal threat. Creative, shifty, and plays well with elite players. Always willing to mix it up and go to the dirty areas.

Tyler Seguin

He’s not 22-years-old anymore so he’s lost a step but he still has all the weapons that made him the 2nd overall pick. Playing wing now, he’s always been a top-tier center that finds ways to score. He seems to have learned from Pavelski the art of tipping pucks and is much more willing to go to the front of the goal than he used to. Not afraid of anything and probably shouldn’t be.

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Q&A w/ Robert Tiffin on Dallas Stars

As we do every series we welcome a guest to preview the series from the other side. In this Q&A we have Robert Tiffin of the D Magazine. Robert has covered the Dallas Stars since 2014 and he takes a wide range of questions including the Stars offensive style, series X-factors, special teams, and so much more.

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Hockey Greaseboard: Western Conference Final vs. DAL

In our first edition of the hockey greaseboard we illustrated some X’s and O’s you can expect to see in the Golden Knights’ upcoming Western Conference Final series with the Dallas Stars. We examine four different situations including Dallas’ swarm defense and how VGK can beat it, the difference between how the Stars defend puck carriers heading away from the net and how Edmonton did, VGK’s zone D against the 3-high offense, and and the soft spot in VGK’s zone where we can expect the Stars to operate from.


Like Vegas, Dallas Led By Hockey Lifers Fighting For First Cup

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When you look up and down the Golden Knights and Stars lineups, you’ll notice many recognizable faces. From the coaches to the captains and all the way down to the depth players there are handfuls of hungry and impatient NHL’ers participating in this year’s Western Conference Final. Each side has gotten close, but neither franchise has raised a Stanley Cup in the Golden Knights era.

That’s why we play. We grew up watching the playoffs every year as a youngster. We’re hoping one day to get that chance. Now that we’re here, we don’t get too many chances like this. I’ve only been in this situation once before and you don’t want to let opportunities like this slip away when you’re so close. -Jamie Benn, Stars captain

Captains Mark Stone and Jamie Benn lead two veteran groups desperate to reach the final round. Stone’s been a part of several deep playoff runs but has never been lucky enough to play in a SCF. He competed once in the conference finals with Ottawa and twice with Vegas. In his own words, this could be his best chance. Likewise for Benn and some of his veteran teammates.

Perennial scapegoat, Benn is used to being the target of angry Stars fans after past playoff exits. However, his impact on the ice was curtailed by first-year coach Pete DeBoer. Benn’s real value will be leading his team in the locker room and on the ice for the 17 minutes he’s averaged this postseason. If they prevail, Benn will undoubtedly receive the most praise from Dallas. Stars’ reporter Sean Shapiro noted DeBoer’s intentions and Benn’s professionalism made way for a resurgence in 2022-23.

Micro-load management by DeBoer revitalized Benn’s game-to-game energy. His minutes dropped, but he was more effective in the time he was on the ice. Benn quietly finished with 78 points, 32 more than he had the previous season and his most since he had 79 in the 2017-18 campaign. He set a career-high with a plus-23 and a career mark for face-off wins, taking more than 60 percent. The Stars are partly in the Western Conference final because Benn allowed himself to be overshadowed. He embraced the supporting role on the ice, but he never relinquished the leadership responsibilities off of it. – Sean Shapiro, Stars reporter 

The Stars have several players that could be poster children for NHL players to have accomplished everything without winning an NHL championship. Ageless weapon Joe Pavelski reached the Cup finals twice in his career but fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. The 38-year-old is running out of opportunities to cement his name in NHL history. Fellow American-born player Ryan Suter has battled for almost two decades to embrace the Stanley Cup.

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Tale Of The Tape: How The Golden Knights Stack Up Against The Dallas Stars

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As the Golden Knights head into the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in six seasons, they meet a familiar foe, the Pete DeBoer coached Dallas Stars. Dallas had a strong regular season leading the Central division for most of the season but fell to 2nd place after dropping 8 of 10 games around the All Star break.

They got off to a slow start in the playoffs falling behind the Minnesota Wild 2-1. However, they then rattled off three wins including two beatdowns to clinch their place in the second round. They once again fell behind to the Seattle Kraken, again losing Games 1 and 3. Dallas stormed back with a pair of dominant victories in Games 4 and 5 but were forced to go to Game 7. They shutout the Kraken for all but the final 19 seconds and moved DeBoer’s Game 7 record to 7-0 all time.

The Stars swept the Golden Knights in the regular season thank to a pair of shootout wins. The only resounding victory was a 4-0 win at T-Mobile Arena in January, one of just two times VGK were shutout this season. The Golden Knights blew three leads in the two shootout games, scoring first in each game.

Let’s dive into the stats to see how the two teams matchup in ahead of Game 1 on Friday.

Vegas: 51-22-9, 111 points (5th)
Dallas: 47-21-14, 108 points (8th)

Vegas: 8-3
Dallas: 8-5

Goals For
Dallas: 281, 3.52 per game (7th)
Vegas: 272, 3.32 per game (14th)

Vegas: 41, 3.73 per game (2nd)
Dallas: 47, 3.62 per game (5th)

Goals Against
Dallas: 215, 2.62 per game (3rd)
Vegas: 225, 2.74 per game (11th)

Vegas: 33, 3.00 per game (5th)
Dallas: 40, 3.08 per game (6th)

Shots For
Dallas: 2616, 31.9 per game (14th)
Vegas: 2587, 31.5 per game (15th)

Vegas: 336, 30.5 per game (11th)
Dallas: 384, 29.6 per game (12th)

Save Percentage
Dallas: .912 (6th)
Vegas: .911 (7th)

Vegas: .907 (6th)
Dallas: .901 (13th)

Shooting Percentage
Dallas: 10.7% (7th)
Vegas: 10.3% (T-12th)

Vegas: 11.9% (1st)
Dallas: 10.3% (2nd)

Power Play
Dallas: 25.0% (5th)
Vegas: 20.3% (18th)

Dallas: 31.7% (5th)
Vegas: 17.5% (12th)

Penalty Kill
Dallas: 83.5% (3rd)
Vegas: 77.4% (19th)

Dallas: 83.3% (3rd)
Vegas: 60.0% (15th)

Vegas: 1494, 17.9 per 60 (1st)
Dallas: 1151, 13.8 per 60 (22nd)

Vegas: 226, 19.2 per 60 (2nd)
Dallas: 210, 15.2 per 60 (13th)

Vegas: 1930, 23.2 per 60 (13th)
Dallas: 1648, 19.8 per 60 (26th)

Vegas: 391, 34.3 per 60 (11th)
Dallas: 367, 26.7 per 60 (16th)

In the regular season, Dallas were better than Vegas in just about every significant statistic aside from wins. They scored more, allowed fewer, and were better in both special teams. The numbers have evened out in the playoffs as VGK have picked up their goal scoring.

There should be a fairly significant edge in physicality in favor of Vegas in this series. The Stars have the fewest hits of any team in the postseason and they weren’t much better in the regular season.

On to the fancier numbers.

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Dallas for a conference battle with the Stars. Brett Howden opened the scoring with his 6th goal of the season.

Dallas evened the score in the 2nd period setting up for a 1-1 time going into the final frame.

Both teams had opportunities to close the door on their opponent but neither could find the back of the net. Regulation ended 1-1 and needed overtime and shootout to determine a winner. 

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 49-22-9 losing to the Stars in shootouts. Vegas will finish off their season with a home-and-home series with Seattle beginning on Tuesday. Puck drop against the Kraken is set for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was an incredibly tight game in which both teams seemed uber-focused on locking down the neutral zone. Naturally, each team had a bit of a breakdown in said neutral zone and that led to both goals. Both teams were strong defensively in front of the nets and the chances were limited each way. Defense first hockey game that would have been much more fun to have been decided by real hockey than a shootout. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Dallas Stars for a battle of the two top teams in the Western Conference. Vegas came out hot, challenging Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger from the opening minutes of the game. Later in the period William Carrier was charged with two minor penalties in one sequence. Carrier’s teammates bailed him out by killing the penalty and limiting the Stars to one shot in four minutes. The game was locked in a scoreless tie after 20 minutes of action.

Vegas jumped on the scoreboard first after killing two early 2nd period penalties. Michael Amadio gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead with his 10th goal of the season. Two minutes later the Stars jumped on a rebound and tied the game. The middle frame ended 1-1.

Jack Eichel regained the lead for Vegas, scoring his 20th goal of the season. The Stars kept clawing and eventually evened the score with under a minute to play in the final period. The game needed overtime and a shootout to decide a winner. Dallas ended the game in a SO to pick up the two points.

The Golden Knights record drops to 35-18-6 losing 3-2 to the Stars in shootout. Next up, Vegas will travel to Colorado on Monday night for a conference battle against the Avalanche. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: An absolutely terrific hockey game, the Golden Knights just, unfortunately, came out on the wrong end of it. The 1st period for VGK was terrific as they tilted the ice and were all over the Stars. The 2nd was the opposite. The final period and OT were back and forth and both teams played terrific hockey to earn their chances. The story of the night was goaltending though. Both guys were out of this world. (Analysis by Ken)

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