Let’s analyse the third semi-final game of the National Hockey League. The match between the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights will take place on September 11 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. So far, the teams split the regular-season series 1-1, which makes the upcoming battle more interesting.
Besides these two clubs, there are also the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, who is fighting for the Stanley Cup.
The club progressed to the semi-final by defeating the Colorado Avalanche in seven games with the final score 4-3.
On September 7, in Game 1 the Stars outplayed the Golden Knights (0-1). Doubtlessly, the credit goes to the goalie Anton Khudobin, who made 25 saves. The opponents’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was good and solid as well. However, one conceded goal at the 3rd minute of the 1st period determined the outcome of the match. The Golden Knights’ attack was sleeping and wasn’t able to score back.
In the upcoming match Dallas will be missing Martin Hanzal (forward) and Stephen Johns (defence). The presence of Ben Bishop (goaltender) and Taylor Fedun (defense) is questionable.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights advanced to the semi-final after beating the Vancouver Canucks in the best-of-7 series. The confrontation was intense. Vegas won with the final score 4-3.
As we have mentioned above, in the Game 1 the fortune accompanied Dallas goalie Khudobin. However, in the Game 2 Robin Lehner replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the net and enjoyed the victory. He made 24 saves and kept the goal intact. Moreover, Vegas’ attack finally woke up and score 3 goals in the 2nd period. The Game 2 ended with a score 3-0 in favour of the Golden Knights.
If the Golden Knights continue to play like they did in their last game, nothing and no one will stop them. When Dallas lose, they start making many mistakes. Thus, for example, in their last head-to-head game with Vegas, the Stars collected 14 penalty minutes! Compare it with the 4 penalty minutes given to the Golden Knights.
Even Khudobin will not be able to help if his teammates keep on sitting on the penalty bench.