Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer all through an influence play Three:36 into time beyond regulation, and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights Three-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Ultimate for the primary time since 2000

EDMONTON, Alberta — Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer all through an influence play Three:36 into time beyond regulation, and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights Three-2 on Monday night time to advance to the Stanley Cup Ultimate for the primary time since 2000.

The Stars compelled time beyond regulation in Recreation Five of the Western Convention ultimate with two targets within the ultimate 10:06 of legislation. They closed it out after Zach Whitecloud was once despatched off for prolong of sport for knocking the puck out of play.

Anton Khudobin had 34 saves for Dallas, dealing with just one shot in time beyond regulation. Captain Jamie Benn and Joel Kiviranta, a rookie like Gurianov, were given the Stars even with targets within the 3rd length.

The Stars are Five-Zero in time beyond regulation this postseason. In addition they received Three-2 in Recreation Three in opposition to Vegas, when Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into OT.

Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner had 23 saves.

Smith made it 2-Zero simply 15 seconds into the 3rd, scoring his first target in 11 video games. His wrist shot from the highest of the precise circle got here on the finish of an odd-man rush that adopted Lehner’s kick save on the different finish on a shot by way of Tyler Seguin.

Dallas in spite of everything were given at the board when Benn scored for the 3rd sport in a row. Esa Lindell had the puck in the back of the web after Benn received a faceoff, then driven it out entrance off Radulov’s stick earlier than Benn became and knocked it in.

Seguin had a one-timer from the center of the left circle with the Stars on an influence play with simply over 5 mins left. Lehner secured the puck, now not permitting a rebound likelihood for Benn, who was once simply in entrance of him.

Skating with the person benefit in OT, Kiviranta transformed a handy guide a rough backhander off a free puck after defenseman John Klingberg’s lengthy shot into visitors. It was once the primary level for Kiviranta since his hat trick with the time beyond regulation winner within the Recreation 7 in opposition to Colorado in the second one spherical.

The Stars had entered the sport with a Three-1 sequence lead — like they did in the second one spherical in opposition to the Avalanche earlier than getting prolonged to seven video games.

After the Golden Knights failed to attain on 3 power-play alternatives in the second one length, they took a two-goal lead when Khudobin was once not able to forestall an every other fast shot by way of Vegas — like he had in each and every of the primary two sessions.

Stephenson were given the lead for Vegas eight:14 into the primary, the usage of a forehand-backhand transfer to get the puck beneath and thru Khudobin’s legs. Stephenson was once at the ruin in entrance of the Stars protection after a pleasant go from Shea Theodore.

After Stephenson scored, the Golden Knights had a few of their greatest hits within the sequence. Ryan Reaves took down Blake Comeau halfway during the first, and a couple of mins later slammed Esa Lindell onerous into the forums.

In between the ones jarring hits, Vegas got here with regards to getting their 2nd target. Alec Martinez attempted a wraparound shot to Khudobin’s left and Mark Stone had a rebound that ended in every other one — however Lindell knocked down Max Pacioretty may just get his stick at the puck.

Paul Stastny took a shot proper originally of the second one length for Vegas, however Khudobin was once ready to position his glove down. Within the opening seconds of the sport, Nate Schmidt’s one-timer was once gloved by way of Khudobin, who was once in part screened and nonetheless made the save.

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