Ladies and gentlemen, we have a series ourselves. The Dallas Stars may only be halfway there, but they’ve definitely proven they won’t go down without a fight. And it was the most surprising of the candidates who led the way, as Ty Dellandrea scored twice in the third period to help the Stars win 4-2. Not bad for a player who was only in the lineup due to the suspension of Jamie Benn and the injury of Evgenii Dadonov.
The Golden Knights started with the shooting advantage, as they were hungry for a good start to end this series, but it was actually the Stars who had the best chance, with Roope Hintz gets robbed by Adin Hill’s glove. However, Vegas finally got the start they were looking for, as Ivan Barbashev drove to the net (with Ryan Suter not exactly challenging him on that) to make it 1-0.
But, the Stars probably want to keep playing hockey, so they weren’t backing down easily. In fact, it took less than two minutes for Dallas to respond, as Thomas Harley’s point shot was deflected in front by Luke Glendening to make it a draw.
The back-and-forth continued in the second period, with the two teams trading a goal each early in the period. Just 3:20 into the period, Chandler Stephenson was open in the slot and passed it past Jake Oettingerthen just 2:09 later, Jason Robertson had enough on his shot to get it over Hill’s shoulder and in the net to reattach it.
Not even 30 seconds later, the Golden Knights had another chance to take the lead after a tough turnaround, but Max Domi showed excellent determination to get to the net and clear the puck from the crease to keep it at 2-2.
The Stars had a plethora of chances early in the third, but Hill looked unbeatable in the crease, especially those chances of Joel Kiviranta And Wyatt Johnstonwhich makes the next goal all the more surprising.
Dellandrea skated in the offensive zone midway through the period, and fired a shot that deflected off Alex Pietrangelo’s stick and cheated Hill enough to beat him to give the Stars their first lead of the game. A minute and a half later, Dellandrea was back, with the puck bounced off his stick as he floated in the slot, and he buried it for his second of the game and period to give the Stars a 4-2 lead. The Golden Knights pressed to tie, but Oettinger held on and the Stars held onto that 4-2 lead for yet another game.
The Stars won thanks to a few young first-round picks in this one, their two multi-point getters being 2018 first-round Dellandrea with his two goals and 2019 first-round Harley with two assists, while 2017 first-round Oettinger s stopped 27 of 29 for a .931 save percentage in the win. Jonathan Marchessault had assists on both Vegas goals in the loss.