The Western Conference Final has begun. The Dallas Stars, who almost no one gave a shot against the Colorado Avalanche, and the Vegas Golden Knights, who have been looking like a bonafide Stanley Cup contender all season collide in what is looking like will be a really fun matchup. There are star forward on both sides. There are star defensemen on both sides and they both have solid goaltending. The BLANK took a hard fought game one. How did we get here? Let’s jump in.
The Dallas Stars quickly changed the narrative not even five minutes into the first period. While many pegged the Stars as the underdogs and likely to get rolled by the Golden Knights, John Klingberg wasn’t hearing any of it. Klingberg would score on a sweet writer in front of the net to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. The rest of the period saw the teams trade chances with both the Stars and Golden Knights doing they could to get pucks through. Fleury was on his game for the rest of the period and it was looking like that goal from Klingberg may have just been nerves.
Moving onto the second and the teams again were deadlocked with good chances coming from both sides. What many thought would look like Vegas domination was quickly turning into an evenly matched affair. The Stars were showing that they weren’t a fluke getting this far. The Golden Knights have had trouble scoring despite their recent series win and the Stars were doing all they could to lock them down.
More of the same in the third as Dallas clung to a 1-0 win and would ultimately win on that lone goal by John Klingberg and the awesome goaltending of Anton Khudobin. The Stars held the Knights in check and their defense and goaltending led the way. Miro Heiskenan, the Stars’ young star blueliner, had himself another amazing game. Seguin, Benn and Radulov didn’t make noise on the scoreboard this game but they will have too if the Stars hope to win this series. Big congrats to Anton Kbudobin as well who pitched a 25-save shutout for the win and his first ever playoff shutout.
I expect a heavy push back from Vegas next game, look for Mark Stone to have a big game and be a spark for this club. Same goes for the Golden Knights’ stud dman Shea Theodore. Here my three stars:
- Anton Khudobin
- John Klingberg
- Marc-Andre Fleury
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