Stanley Cup Playoff Day 42: Golden Knights Crush Stars in Game 6 to Advance to Stanley Cup Finals


The Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Florida Panthers after a 6-0 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 6. The Stars fought valiantly to push this series beyond from the 3-0 deficit they initially faced, but four straight wins against the same team is a tough feat, especially with their backs against the wall, and Vegas was the eventual winner of the Western Conference Finals.

Just like most of this series, it was the Golden Knights who got off to a dominating start, and they were rewarded with the game’s opening goal. Just 3:41 into the first period, Keegan Kolesar’s work along the boards allowed the puck to enter the slot directly on William Carrier’s stick, and after a few moves around Jake Oettinger he buried him in the wide open net.

However, the problem for Vegas in those last two games was that they let the play get away from them after that first goal. But, Esa Lindell was penalized midway through the first for sending the puck over the glass, and the Golden Knights attempted a power play to change that this game.

And change what they did. A Reilly Smith shot was deflected to the net, and William Karlsson was there to bury the reboundand with his ninth goal of the playoffs, he set a new Golden Knights franchise record for goals in a playoff season.

The fourth line got back to work a few minutes later, as Kolesar sent a zone entry pass to Carrier and raced towards the net, where Carrier put Kolesar on the 2-on-1 to score and make it 3-0 before the end of the first period. It was outright dominance in the first for Vegas, beating Dallas 16-7 and having the advantage in scoring odds 5-5 at 14-3 and expected goals 5-5 at 1.3-0, 19.

The Stars began to press in the second period, get a plethora of chances, but Adin Hill stayed strong and held a three-goal lead for Vegas. This helped put the game even further out of reach, as Ivan Barbashev set up Jonathan Marchessault in a rush, which showed some skillful hands to score and gives the Golden Knights a 4-0 lead.

And if there was any doubt the Stars were going to come back in the third period, Vegas pulled it out early on, because with just 2:06 remaining in the period, Michael Amadio had a partial breakaway but opted to dropping a pass to a wide open Karlsson. , who brought home his second of the night to make it 5-0. Amadio was then rewarded with a goal of his own 10 minutes later, with Karlsson puts him in front of the net to make it 6-0, and that held for the final score.

The Golden Knights’ last six lines feasted on the Stars in this game, with Karlsson leading with two goals and an assist, then Amadio, Kolesar and Carrier with a goal and an assist, and Smith with two assists. Adin Hill was solid with the 23-save shutout, but he had plenty of lead in this game to secure the win with the goal support he got.

With the series win, the Golden Knights advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history, the first in their inaugural season in 2018 where they lost in five games to the Capitals. from Washington. They will face the Florida Panthers, who swept their conference final series against the Carolina Hurricanes, and both will be vying for their first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history.

For the Stars, they enter an offseason with just over $7 million in cap space, though they don’t have any major free agents to re-sign outside of trade deadline additions like Max Domi and Evgenii Dadonov, even with Roope Hintz’s contract extension. with a cap of $8.45 million starting next season.


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