Dallas tries to clinch conference finals against Vegas in game 5

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2020

Before the game, the Knights had talked about creating more traffic in front of Khudobin.

"I just tried to find the puck and react to it", Khudobin said with the same nonchalance. "I don't know if it's luck or whatever, but let's call it luck".

It's quite another for the Vegas Golden Knights, who are winning in every statistical category of this Western Conference Final other than the one that matters most, to fix a dominant game that does everything but score.

The Dallas Stars are in an unlikely spot, but they don't doubt they're deserving to be one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000. "That's why the guys love playing in front of him". We had enough looks tonight to extend the lead. But Khudobin stifled them with both his actions - stopping pucks - and the mental block that he has clearly built inside the Golden Knights' heads. "I think the effort's there". I thought we created some really good looks.

Khudobin deserves credit for much of that, like when he spun his body to prevent a goal by William Karlsson in the second or dived to deny Brayden McNabb early in the third with Dallas clinging to the lead.

The Stars, who lead the series 3-1, can reach the final for the first time in 20 years with a win on Monday in Game 5.

The Stars have also done a masterful job of replicating how the Vancouver Canucks almost conquer Vegas last around, by slumping defensively and giving his goaltender the opportunity to find a overwhelming majority of even-strength shots in the outdoors. "Unbelievable team effort, I would say". I really appreciate that. The Golden Knights drew multiple penalties earning a 5-on-3 power play. The one goal they scored was on the power play and when they needed the PP to bail them out again with a 70 second 5-on-3, they couldn't. The Stars won the last matchup 2-1. We haven't gotten any of those. Andrew Cogliano forced a turnover for the Stars in the Vegas' end and the puck went to Pavelski whose backhand hit the stick of a Knight defender and deflected up over the shoulder of Lehner into the net.

Robin Lehner said following Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas in Game 3 that he feels fine.

That first critical Game 4 moment for Dallas, and maybe its most important to date, came in its opening-round series versus the Calgary Flames.

"All we need is to finish", DeBoer said. "It wasn't pretty tonight, but we found a way to get it done". Bowness expected to have an update on Hintz's status Sunday. Vegas winger Mark Stone moved into the locker area at pain after having a shot in Pavelski off his right foot, and he was wincing upon his return from the next.

"Obviously, there's a sense of urgency right now, where we are in the series, but you have to stay positive", said Vegas forward Reilly Smith. Nick Cousins replaced him in the lineup.

"Stars winger Radek Faksa was" unfit to perform with", according to coach Rick Bowness.

Hintz was injured in the first period of Game 4 when he appeared to collide with Stars forward Corey Perry.

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