The Knights won the Stars in West Finals opener after OT
Brett Howden scored 1:35 into overtime Vegas Golden Knights won 4-3 Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Friday night in Las Vegas
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Howden got Mark Stone’s shot behind the net, then fired a left-foot shot past Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger into the net for the first overtime goal of his career in the playoffs.
THE Stars It tied the game when Jamie Benn scored with 1:59 left in regulation.
William Karlsson scored twice, Teddy Blueger also scored and Zach Whitecloud had two assists for Vegas. Golden Knights Goalkeeper Adin Hill made 33 saves
Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists, while Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Joe Pavelski had two assists and Oettinger finished with 33 saves.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be played Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas
Dallas then capitalized on the odd rebound off the corner boards to take a 1-0 lead at the 18:44 mark of the first period. Alex Pietrangelo’s pass from behind the goal bounced off the boards to the center of the left circle, where Hintz picked it up and fired a shot toward the goal that Robertson directed through Hill’s pads.
Robertson scored his third goal of the playoffs while snapping an eight-game scoring drought.
Bad rebounds tied the score midway through the second period when Karlsson tied the score at 1-1. Whitecloud fired a shot from the right spot. The puck raced off the end boards right to Karlsson near the left side of the goal where he whistled a wrist shot into the net.
Karlsson gave Vegas a 2-1 lead at the 1:19 mark of the third period when he scooped up a loose puck and scored his seventh goal of the playoffs on a high-flying wrist shot past Oettinger’s benches.
THE Golden Knights‘ the lead didn’t last long. Hintz took a pass from Pavelski in the left circle and then snapped a shot off the near post. It was Hintz’s 10th goal
Blueger, who did not pitch in the first nine playoff games in Vegas, a Golden Knights He made it 3-2 at 9:20 of the third with his first goal of the playoffs. He shoveled in a loose puck from the crease after Keegan Kolesar, hit by Ryan Suter, hit Oettinger on a drive toward the net.
Dallas chose not to contest the goaltender’s interference with the play.
THE Stars pulled Oettinger for an extra attacker, and Benn tied the game at 18:01 when a Pavelski putback was slid under Hill’s left pad during a goalmouth scramble. It was his third goal of the playoffs. Hintz also had an assist for a league-leading 22 points in the playoffs
— Field Level Media