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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Stars – Round 1 – Game 7 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (3-4)  | Dallas Stars (4-3)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Stars Sunday afternoon in Game 7 of their Western Conference matchup. The Golden Knights season ended after a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday afternoon.

 

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The Golden Knights took on the Dallas Stars Sunday night in Game 7 of their first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Vegas Golden Knights will no longer be Stanley Cup champions. And when seeking answers as to why their goal of defending that title came to a crashing halt in the opening playoff round, the Golden Knights can start by looking at their inability to score goals.

With the season on the line Sunday in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars, Vegas could only muster up a solitary goal during a 2-1 loss. It was the fifth successive game in which the Golden Knights scored two or fewer goals.

In yet another close game, Dallas scored the game-winning goal less than a minute into the third period, eliminating the Golden Knights from the playoffs. Brett Howden potted the lone goal for Vegas.

In the end, the two teams scored 16 goals apiece, but home-ice advantage proved to be a deciding factor in the back half of the series.

Golden Knights vs Stars First and Second Period:

 

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It was a tightly checked opening frame in which the Golden Knights held a 3-0 edge in high-danger chances. However, the Stars pulled ahead, grabbing a 1-0 lead 14:34 into the contest on Wyatt Johnston’s fourth of the series.

As is often the case, the goal came right after a glorious opportunity at the other end of the rink. Jonathan Marchessault had a wide-open net but struck iron, and then a Shea Theodore turnover on a failed exit ended up in Vegas’ net. Johnston beat Adin Hill under the glove with a laser from the slot for his seventh point of the playoffs.

Vegas killed off the only penalty of the frame after Keegan Kolesar was whistled for holding. The Golden Knights had their chances in the opening 20 minutes but could not capitalize, trailing 1-0 after one.

The Stars had a strong push early in the second period, but Hill and the Golden Knights were able to hold them off until Vegas began to spend extended time in the offensive zone. Despite that ice time, the Golden Knights failed to generate many threatening chances on Jake Oettinger.

Eventually, though, the Golden Knights broke through.

It was a well-executed passing play in transition that started with an Alex Pietrangelo stretch pass out of the zone. It ended with a perfect backdoor feed by Michael Amadio, who found Howden all alone for the tap-in.

Howden’s first of the series reset the score at 15:25 of the second period.

In the final minute of the period, Jack Eichel cut through the Dallas defense and drew Oettinger out of position with a beautiful deke, but his backhand bid hit the side of the net.

Golden Knights vs Stars Third Period:

 

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The Stars wasted no time in the third period, as Radek Faksa scored just 44 seconds in.

It was a strong shift by Dallas’ fourth line, which won multiple races in the offensive zone before Faksa’s backhand shot from the circle beat Hill. The puck deflected off Alec Martinez on its way towards the cage.

The Stars didn’t sit back after the goal, stringing together many dominant shifts to keep the Golden Knights on their heels. It was all Dallas through the first eight minutes, but the Golden Knights got their first power play after Oettinger got called for tripping Ivan Barbashev with 11:44 remaining. It was the second questionable call of the game, but it set up a critical opportunity for Vegas.

However, the Golden Knights did not rise to the occasion, failing to get set up or even test Oettinger.

The Golden Knights continued to push for the equalizer, but Dallas forced turnovers and kept Vegas to the perimeter. The Golden Knights pulled Hill with 1:50 to go but could not force overtime.

The Golden Knights failed to capitalize on their chances. Both Marchessault and Eichel missed key opportunities, and a third-period power play fell flat with the season on the line.

It was a tight series until the very end, but it was the Stars who made one extra play. Dallas will move on to the second round.

 

The Golden Knights season is over. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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