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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Stars – Game 5 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (11-5) vs Dallas Stars (10-8)


The Dallas Stars avoided elimination again defeating the Golden Knights 4-2 in Game Five of the Western Conference Final. 

It is game 5 of the Golden Knights vs Stars series. 

Golden Knights vs Stars Aiden Hill
Photo Credit: John Locher/AP

In Game Four, the Vegas Golden Knights’ opportunity to win the series was folded by the Dallas Stars, and Game 5 was no different as the Dallas Stars found a way to survive defeating Vegas 4-2 and pushing the series to a Game Six back in Dallas.

A team effort from the Dallas Stars helped them win their second straight game this series.

Ty Dellandrea had his first multi-goal game in his playoff career, and Jason Richardson and Luke Glendening both scored as well for Dallas.

“It’s hard. There’s no denying that it’s hard (to be a healthy scratch),” Dellandrea said. “You just make sure you feel ready and a part of it. … I’m thankful for a good group of character guys. Just got to stay ready. I was just focused on we got to win games, and I was happy for the group.”

For the Vegas Golden Knights, Chandler Stephenson and Ivan Barbashev each scored a goal. Vegas goaltender Adin Hill finished the night with 30 saves.

Every time Vegas scored to take the lead, the Stars found a way to get back in the game.

“I don’t think we played a full 60 minutes,” Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez said. “There were a lot of different things. They were hungrier. They won their battles. We’re playing a desperate hockey team, and no one said it would be easy. We have to match their urgency and desperation.”

Vegas looked out of tune midway through the game, turning the puck over 24 times and getting outshot by Dallas 33-26.

“We had 24 giveaways,” Vegas head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I’m not sure you’re beating the Arizona Coyotes in January with 24 giveaways. That’s no disrespect to Arizona, but it’s not the right way to play.”

End of the first period in the Golden Knights vs Stars series

The theme of Game Five was that Vegas scored and Dallas answered back quickly.

The start of periods 2 and 3 in the Golden Knights vs Stars series.

Golden Knights vs Stars Ivan Barbashev
Photo Credit: John Locher/AP

Ivan Barbashev scored first for the Golden Knights at the 13:36 mark of the first period after Barbashev grabbed the loose puck and shot past Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger for a 1-0 lead.

But just two minutes later, Dallas answered back with Luke Glendening redirecting Thomas Harley’s shot from the point for a 1-1 tie.

“They had good push back. We got the lead, they just answered right away,” Cassidy said. “That’s something you want to be better at, is trying to extend the lead as opposed to tying it up again.”

After the Chandler Stephenson goal that put Vegas up 2-1 in the second period, the Dallas Stars took control of the game.

Dallas tied the game 2-2, after Jason Robinson’s shot was blocked by Theodore, but the puck landed at his feet and he chipped the rebound in over Hill.

Going into the third period tied, Dallas was determined to plan and execute to push the series to a Game Six. That plan was followed by Ty Dellandrea giving the Stars its first lead of the game, 3-2, after his shot from the right circle deflected off Alex Pietrangelo’s stick and the puck passing through Hill short side under his glove.

The one goal for Dallas was not enough though. Ty Dellandrea scored his second goal after Max Domi was pushed into Adin Hill by Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague for a 4-2 lead to put the game on ice.

The Stars have won their second straight game. Dallas head coach Pete DeBoer is impatiently waiting for Game Six and feels like the pressure is now on the Golden Knights to close out the series.

“Drop the puck,” he said.

The pressure is on Vegas now since they have to travel back to Dallas after losing two straight games. The Golden Knights need a sense-of-urgency mindset to close out the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

“I don’t think we brought our best the last two games,” Mark Stone said. “We were still in a good spot to win the game. We’ve got to bring a little bit better effort and start playing a little more desperate.”

\The final score in game 5 of the Golden Knights vs Stars series was 4-2, Dallas.

 On Monday, the Golden Knights will play the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the Western Conference Final at American Airlines Center. The puck drop is at 5:00 PM. The game can be seen on AT&T SportsNet (channel 313 on Cox Cable) and ESPN (channel 30 on Cox cable) or heard on 98.9 FM, FOX Sports Las Vegas 1340 AM.


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