The Dallas Stars live to play hockey another day, as Joe Pavelski hammered the overtime winner on the power play to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4, 3-2.
Faced with a potential sweep on the home ice and Game 3 of overtime in this series, the Stars responded exactly as the home crowd wanted to see when the Stars were given a power play just minutes before overtime.
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill was able to save a Grade A chance from Roope Hintz, but the Stars were able to get the puck in the area and send it back to Miro Heiskanen.
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That’s when he slid it to Pavelski, who landed a point shot past Hill’s left shoulder and the Dallas crowd went ballistic.
With the goal, Pavelski sent the series back to Vegas for Game 5, where the Golden Knights still have the chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise history – their first came in their inaugural season.
Dallas wouldn’t have been in this position, however, were it not for their young star Jason Robertson’s game.
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Vegas’ William Karlsson was the first to find the back of the net in this game after Reilly Smith found him on a cross pass in the Stars’ area. But the Stars did not leave the first period without reacting.
It was Robertson who scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on the power play, aided by Heiskanen and Hintz. Robertson was able to get the rare triple point in front of the net, as he juggled the puck around Hill and managed to hit her into the string to tie the game.
But that wouldn’t be Robertson’s last goal in that playoff game for the Stars, either.
After Jonathan Marchessault regained the lead for Vegas at 10:23 into the second period, Robertson picked up a puck again on the end boards and put his stick on the puck before Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez could. pass in front with the goalkeeper. Adin Hill completely out of his fold.
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Robertson flipped it into the net and the second period ended with the scoreboard deadlocked at two goals apiece.
The third period saw great chances for both teams, but neither could find the back of the net, especially in the final two minutes when things got extremely tense on the ice.
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Game 5 of the series will see the puck drop Saturday in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET.