John Klingberg scored on the Stars’ first shot, Anton Khudobin stopped all 25 the Golden Knights placed on web and Dallas beat Vegas 1-Zero on Sunday evening in a hard-hitting, defensive Sport 1 of the Western Convention remaining.
Khudobin had his first NHL playoff shutout within the Stars’ first 1-Zero playoff win in regulation since 2000.
In true lockdown Stars vogue, the sport had virtually double the quantity of complete hits (96) than pictures on objective (50). Two days after every crew gained a Sport 7 within the second spherical to maneuver on, Dallas had extra leap from the drop of the puck and carried that to a sequence lead.
Klingberg’s objective 2:36 in was all of the offence coach Rick Bowness’ crew wanted. It appeared like shock Vegas starter Marc-Andre Fleury did not get reset after Dallas captain Jamie Benn’s shot try was blocked, and Klingberg fired the unfastened puck previous him into the online.
WATCH | Klingberg’s game-winner helps Stars take Sport 1:
It was the Stars’ 55th objective this post-season, and the 52nd scored with both Klingberg or fellow defenceman Miro Heiskanen on the ice.
Enjoying with a lead allowed Dallas gamers to throw their our bodies round, a method of recreation Vegas has no downside matching. Stars defenceman Esa Lindell appeared to injure his left hand on one hit within the first interval however did not miss a shift.
Additionally within the first, Golden Knights ahead Chandler Stephenson landed a leg-on-leg hit on Roope Hintz and was on the opposite aspect of an earful from Stars veteran Corey Perry in the course of the subsequent TV timeout. The nastiness is already nicely established early within the West remaining and will develop because the sequence continues.
There’ll most likely be extra objectives within the coming video games although, even when Fleury and Khudobin did their greatest to maintain the puck out. Fleury made 24 saves after permitting the Klingberg objective, and Khudobin was aided by his teammates forcing pictures to the skin and helped himself with some wonderful rebound management.
WATCH | Nick Cousins of the Stars delivers an enormous hit on Vegas’ Jamie Benn: