Stars take 3-1 stranglehold lead over Knights in NHL playoffs

Stars take 3-1 stranglehold lead over Knights in NHL playoffsStars take 3-1 stranglehold lead over Knights in NHL playoffs
Dallas forward Jamie Benn is congratulated by Alexander Radulov (47) after scoring the winning goal in the Stars 2-1 victory in game four of their Western Conference final series in the quarantine bubble in Edmonton, Canada
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jamie Benn scored the tiebreaking goal and Anton Khudobin stopped 32 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to take a commanding lead in their Western Conference final series.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”23″>Jamie Benn scored the tiebreaking goal and Anton Khudobin stopped 32 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to take a commanding lead in their Western Conference final series. 

Despite being heavily outshot for the second straight game, the Stars got the victory thanks to superior goaltending and an ability to make the most of their scoring chances and now have a 3-1 playoff series lead.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Benn and Joe Pavelski both scored in the second period after defenceman Alec Martinez had opened the scoring for Vegas earlier in the period. Benn’s goal came with under a minute to go in the second and from then on it was a matter of Russian goalie Khudobin closing the door in the third.” data-reactid=”25″>Benn and Joe Pavelski both scored in the second period after defenceman Alec Martinez had opened the scoring for Vegas earlier in the period. Benn’s goal came with under a minute to go in the second and from then on it was a matter of Russian goalie Khudobin closing the door in the third.

“Unbelievable team effort, I would say. I really appreciate that. It’s huge, huge, huge,” said Khudobin.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner was less busy making just 18 total saves.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”31″>Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner was less busy making just 18 total saves. 

Game five is Monday night in the quarantine bubble in Edmonton.

There was no scoring in the first period. Martinez scored to make it 1-0 Vegas at 7:44 of the second by hammering a 92 mile per hour (148 kilometres per hour) slapshot past Khudobin on the powerplay. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Pavelski tied it up about four minutes later with his ninth goal of the postseason. Andrew Cogliano forced a turnover for the Stars in the Vegas’ end and the puck went to Pavelski whose backhand hit the stick of a Knight defender and deflected up over the shoulder of Lehner into the net.” data-reactid=”34″>Pavelski tied it up about four minutes later with his ninth goal of the postseason. Andrew Cogliano forced a turnover for the Stars in the Vegas’ end and the puck went to Pavelski whose backhand hit the stick of a Knight defender and deflected up over the shoulder of Lehner into the net.

“I was happy to see that one go in,” Pavelski said.

Benn scored the winner on the powerplay at 19:01 of the second by wristing home a shot after Lehner failed to control the rebound.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It was another frustrating offensive performance by the Knights whose only goal Saturday came from a defenceman. They are being led in scoring this postseason by defenceman Shea Theodore, who has seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points.” data-reactid=”37″>It was another frustrating offensive performance by the Knights whose only goal Saturday came from a defenceman. They are being led in scoring this postseason by defenceman Shea Theodore, who has seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points.

“All we need is to finish,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think the effort’s there. I think we’re creating a lot of really good looks.”

Vegas have outshot the Stars by a wide margin in the series 130-92.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Vegas forward Mark Stone&nbsp;went to the dressing room with an injury after taking a shot from Pavelski off his right foot. He returned in the third but appeared to still be in some pain.” data-reactid=”40″>Vegas forward Mark Stone went to the dressing room with an injury after taking a shot from Pavelski off his right foot. He returned in the third but appeared to still be in some pain.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The winner of the series will play either the New York Islanders or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup finals. Game four of their series is Sunday.” data-reactid=”41″>The winner of the series will play either the New York Islanders or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup finals. Game four of their series is Sunday.

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