Playoffs – Conference Final
Vegas Golden Knights–Dallas Stars: 4-3 OT
VGK: Karlsson (2) Blueger, Howden
DAL: Robertson, Hintz, Benn
Another extension, but much shorter than the day before. Exactly one minute 35 is already more economical than the… two matches and 19 minutes 47 the day before! The center Brett Howden scored 4-3 on the first shot on target in overtime.
After Jamie Benn (1-0-1) equalized in the final two minutes of regulation, scoring the seventh-latest goal in Stars/North Stars postseason history, Brett Howden (1-0-1) thus netted his first career overtime goal – and his third in the postseason – to help Vegas earn a snatch victory and take a 1-0 series lead. Teams that take a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven series heading into the Stanley Cup Finals win the series 68% of the time (110-53, .675 W%).
- Alex Pietrangelo (0-1-1) improved his career total in the conference finals and semifinals to 4-6-10. He became the fifth active defenseman to reach double-digit points in the round leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals, joining Victor Hedman (6-26-32), Ryan McDonagh (4-15-19), Drew Doughty (4-7-11) and Shea Theodore (2-8-10). Vegas defenders have combined for 23 assists this season, tied with Dallas for second among all teams. Only Edmonton has more (27).
- The Golden Knights earned their seventh victory of the postseason, tying their franchise record (7 in 2021). So far, 78% of Vegas wins have come after overcoming a deficit (7/9).
It was the third time in four games this season that the Golden Knights and Stars had to decide after regulation time. .