Wednesday, May 31, 2023

NHL Western Conference Finals Game 2 Preview: Dallas Stars (0-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (1-0)

DALLAS STARS NOTES:

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Time (CT) DAL [C2] vs. VGK [P1] Location TV/Radio/Result
Game 1 Fri, May 19 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Vegas T-Mobile Arena Golden Knights 4, Stars 3 (OT)
Game 2 Sun, May 21 2 p.m. Dallas at Vegas T-Mobile Arena ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Game 3 Tue, May 23 7 p.m. Vegas at Dallas American Airlines Center ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Game 4 Thu, May 25 7 p.m. Vegas at Dallas American Airlines Center ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Game 5 * Sat, May 27 7 p.m. Dallas at Vegas T-Mobile Arena ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Game 6 * Mon, May 29 7 p.m. Vegas at Dallas American Airlines Center ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Game 7 * Wed, May 31 8 p.m. Dallas at Vegas T-Mobile Arena ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS

  • if necessary

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
April 3 – Recalled defenseman Thomas Harley from Texas (AHL)
April 19 – Recalled forward Riley Tufte from Texas (AHL)
April 26 – Loaned forward Riley Tufte to Texas (AHL)
May 6 – Signed defenseman Lian Bichsel to a three-year entry-level contract

HOW THE STARS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS SERIES HAS UNFOLDED
Game 1: May 19, 2023 – STARS 3 vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (OT) | Vegas leads series 1-0
Despite a game-tying marker at the 58:01 mark of the third period from captain Jamie Benn (1-0—1), the Stars fell 4-3 in overtime on a goal from Vegas forward Brett Howden just 1:35 into sudden death. Dallas opened the scoring on a goal from forward Jason Robertson, who finished the game with a multi-point performance (1-1—2). Forward Roope Hintz continued his torrid pace in the playoffs, leading all skaters with three points (1-2—3). Forward Joe Pavelski added two assists (0-2—2), while goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 33 of 37 shots.
PP: 0-2 | PK: 1-1 | SF: 36 | SA: 37 | DAL TOI: M. Heiskanen (29:23 – game high) | Attendance: 18,271
Three Stars: 1. VGK – B. Howden 2. VGK – W. Karlsson 3. DAL – J. Benn

DALLAS STARS POSTSEASON NOTES
TONIGHT’S GAME: After falling in OT in Game 1 for the third consecutive series, the Stars will look to even it up this afternoon in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at T-Mobile Arena. (ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS, Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). This represents a rematch of the 2020 Western Conference Final, where the Stars earned a 4-1 series win en route to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. Dallas is here after First Round and Second Round series victories over Minnesota (six games) and Seattle (seven games). Vegas, meanwhile, earned First Round and Second Round series wins over Winnipeg (five games) and Edmonton (six games).

STARS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAYOFF HISTORY

  • This marks the second all-time meeting between the Stars and Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous matchup between the two clubs was in the 2020 Conference Finals, a series won in five games by Dallas, which saw the first instance in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) of a Conference Finals or Semifinals series opening with each team earning a shutout within the first two contests.
  • The Western Conference Final represents the fourth instance in the past 25 years of head coaches, both in their first season with a team, meeting in the penultimate round of the playoffs. The last occurrence was also between Dallas and Vegas in 2020 (DAL: Rick Bowness; VGK: Pete DeBoer). The others: 2010 (PHI: Peter Laviolette; MTL: Jacques Martin) and 1998 (WSH: Ron Wilson; BUF: Lindy Ruff).
  • This is the southernmost final four in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (VGK: +36.1, CAR: +35.8, DAL: +32.7 & FLA: +26.1). The previous benchmark was in 2016 (PIT: +40.4, STL: +38.6, SJS: +37.3 & TBL: +27.9)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

2023 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. DALLAS STARS
Golden Knights 2022-23 Regular Season Record: 51-22-9, 111 points (25-15-1 at Home, 26-7-8 on Road)

DATE RESULT VGK GOALS VGK GOALIE DAL GOALIE
May 19 Vegas 4, Dallas 3 OT 71(2), 53, 21 Hill Oettinger

DATE OPPONENT TIME (PT) TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
May 21 vs. Dallas Stars 12 p.m. ABC Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 23 at Dallas Stars 5 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 25 at Dallas Stars 5 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 27* vs. Dallas Stars 5 p.m. ABC Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 29* at Dallas Stars 5 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 31* vs. Dallas Stars 6 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
*If Necessary

Game 1 Recap
May 19 – Vegas Golden Knights 4, Dallas Stars 3 OT
Brett Howden scored 1:35 into overtime to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas leads the series, 1-0. Jason Robertson got Dallas on the board late in the first period as the visitors carried a 1-0 lead into the intermission. William Karlsson potted the only goal in the middle frame as his rebound tally made it a 1-1 game. Karlsson scored again early in the third, but a quick answer from Roope Hintz put Dallas right back in the game. Teddy Blueger’s goal with 10:40 to go gave the Golden Knights the lead again, but Jamie Benn tied the contest for the Stars in the final two minutes to send Game 1 to overtime. At 1:35 of the extra session, Howden banked the puck off Jake Oettinger to give Vegas the 4-3 overtime win.

VGK/DAL – Regular Season Recap
The Golden Knights held a 0-1-2 record against the Stars in the 2022-23 regular season. In the first matchup, Vegas was shut out, 4-0, by Jake Oettinger. In the second contest, Michael Amadio and Jack Eichel each scored to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 advantage, until Roope Hintz scored in the final 38 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. After a scoreless extra session, it was Jason Robertson and Hintz who each put pucks past Laurent Brossoit to secure the comeback win in the shootout. In the final meeting of the season, Brett Howden got Vegas on the board first, but Joel Kiviranta tied things up for Dallas and forced overtime. Neither team was able to finish things in the extra session and it was Hintz who was the shootout hero again.

2022-23 Season DAL Series: 0-1-2 (Home: 0-1-1, Road: 0-0-1)
Date Location Result Goaltenders GWG
Jan. 16 Vegas Vegas 0, Dallas 4 Logan Thompson (VGK) // Jake Oettinger (DAL) Jamie Benn (DAL)
Feb. 25 Vegas Vegas 2, Dallas 3 SO Laurent Brossoit (VGK) // Jake Oettinger (DAL) Jason Robertson (DAL) SO
Apr. 8 Dallas Vegas 1, Dallas 2 SO Jonathan Quick (VGK) // Jake Oettinger (DAL) Roope Hintz (DAL) SO

This is “Howie” Do It
Brett Howden was the overtime hero for the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final as the Golden Knights topped the Stars, 4-3, at T-Mobile Arena. Howden’s score was his first since his two-goal performance in Round 1 against Winnipeg after he was limited to one point (1A) in the second round. The forward’s overtime winner on Friday night was his first career overtime goal (regular season or playoffs) and the first game-deciding goal of his playoff career.

Keeping it Cool
The Golden Knights have allowed the first goal in nine of their 12 playoff games this year. Vegas holds a record of 6-3 after allowing the first goal in the game. Vegas’ three games scoring first is the fewest among the final four teams in the 2023 playoffs. Additionally, the Golden Knights recorded their seventh comeback win of the postseason on Friday, the most of any team.

Magic Number
Vegas is 41-3 all-time when scoring at least three goals in the playoffs, including wins in each of the last 29 such instances. In all three losses this postseason, the Golden Knights have been held to a single goal.

Familiar Territory
The Golden Knights advanced to the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in their six seasons as a franchise. Vegas is the third club in NHL history to advance to the round before the Stanley Cup Final four times in their first six seasons behind the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. This is the second time that Vegas meets Dallas in the Western Conference Final after they were defeated by the Stars in 2020.

In the Winning Business
Vegas (47-31 in 78 GP) has a postseason winning percentage of .603, leading all NHL franchises. The Golden Knights’ 47 playoff wins are the second-most in the NHL since 2017-18, trailing only Tampa Bay’s 98 victories.

x – Marks the Spot
Vegas is the seventh franchise in NHL history to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs five or more times in its first six seasons, after the Rangers (6 of 6), Blues (6 of 6), Oilers (6 of 6), original Ottawa Senators (5 of 6), Minnesota North Stars (5 of 6) and Quebec Nordiques (5 of 6)

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