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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Stars – Round 1 – Game 5 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (2-3)  | Dallas Stars (3-2)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Stars on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their Western Conference matchup. The Golden Knights lost 3-2 in another tough game to the Stars and will now face an elimination game on Friday at T-Mobile.

 

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The Golden Knights took on the Dallas Stars Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Golden Knights fell 3-2 to the Dallas Stars in Game 5 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the reigning Stanley Cup Champs will now face elimination in Friday’s Game 6 to be played at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas dropped a pivotal Game 4 on home ice to head back on the road to face the Stars, and the general thought was that the team needed to be a bit more aggressive, get going earlier, and just outwork Dallas in general. Would VGK head coach Bruce Cassidy shake things up by making a change in goal by giving Adin Hill a start in goal, and would he dress Pavel Dorofeyev and Ben Hutton over Keegan Kolesar and Zach Whitecloud?

Coach Cassidy said Hill will start Game 5. “He’s an experienced guy who has come into this situation before,” Cassidy said.

According to the Athletic’s Jesse Granger, Hill was the first goalie off the ice at the team’s morning skate, suggesting he will start. Logan Thompson started the series’ first four games, but Hill was the goalie last year when the Golden Knights won their first Stanley Cup.

Golden Knights vs Stars First Period:

 

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Mark Stone got Vegas off and running with a power play goal just 4 minutes into the game, but the Stars responded with a goal of their own just 62 seconds later to tie things up at 1. Dallas continued to push the pace, and they found the back of the net again, this time on the power play, just 2:02 after Evgenii Dadonov’s goal.

Vegas would push to get another goal 4:27 later when William Carrier worked his way off the boards to the front of the net, and unfortunately, that was the last time the Golden Knights would find the back of the net.

There’s going to be momentum shifts throughout games and throughout series, and you’ve got to handle that with composure, and I think we let our emotions get the best of us in the second there,” Alec Martinez said. “It was obviously penalty trouble, but we got away from our game. I think (we) had a little too much panic in our game, a little bit too much of a fire drill. I mean, we’ve just got to handle the emotional side of it better.

Golden Knights vs Stars Second and Third Periods:

 

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Both sides failed to score in the 7:29 after Carrier’s goal, and they played most of the 2nd period tied 2-2.

Alex Pietrangelo took a needless roughing penalty when he backhanded Tyler Seguin in the face after coming together along the boards. Jason Robertson made sure he paid for his transgression and wristed one past Hill to make it 3-2 Stars.

A veteran guy should know better,” said Cassidy about Pietrangelo. “We didn’t like the hit on Theodore by Seguin. You’re going to be upset. But that’s playoff hockey. You’ve got to find a way to channel it.

From that point onward, the Stars pulled away in generating expected goals and controlling the play, and the Golden Knights could not match them.

Robertson’s power-play wrister was the final goal of the game, and although Vegas tried to mount a comeback in the 3rd, Chandler Stephenson’s mini breakaway ended up being their best scoring chance, and Jake Oettinger stood tall again to secure another victory to push the Golden Knights to the brink of elimination.

Special teams played a factor again, as Vegas went 1/3 on the power play, and Dallas went 2/4. The Pietrangelo penalty that led to the game-winning goal was brutal, and he really hasn’t looked like himself in this series, which makes his dumb penalties that much more frustrating.

Vegas will play for their playoff lives on Friday, and they need to win again on Sunday if they want to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

 

The Golden Knights will be home to take on the Stars in game 6 of their first-round matchup on Friday, May 1st, at 7:00 pm. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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