Stars Shutout in Game Two, Lose 3-0
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Paul Stastny’s goal in the second period broke Vegas’ over four-period long scoreless drought, as the Golden Knights defeated the Dallas Stars 3-0 in game two of the Western Conference Finals, tying the series at one.
Stastny was the first Golden Knights forward to score a goal, not including empty netters, since game five of the second round against Vancouver.
Vegas scored three times in a span of less than 10 minutes in the second period, as their counterparts on the Stars side struggled to generate scoring opportunities towards Robin Lehner.
The goal drought for Vegas lasted over four periods, dating back to game one, and ended when Stastny gave his team a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the second period.
Prior to game two against the Stars, the Golden Knights had been shut out twice in the last four games.
Along with Stastny, William Karlsson and Tomas Nosek were the goal scorers for Vegas.
Karlsson’s fourth goal of the playoffs came only 3:31 after Stastny’s opening marker, and extended his team’s lead to 2-0.
The goal came on the power play, after Stars forward Corey Perry was called for tripping.
For Nosek, his goal capped off a huge second period for Vegas, after the forward finished off a 3 on 1 scoring opportunity.
Lehner was back in the crease for Vegas on Tuesday night, after sitting out game one in favour of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Lehner recorded three shutouts against the Canucks in the previous playoff round, and now has a total of four in the playoffs after game two against Dallas.
The Stars only recorded 12 shots on goal through two periods, as they entered the third facing a 3-0 deficit.
Dallas finished the game shooting the puck 24 times on Lehner, as he recorded his fourth shutout in his last seven starts.
Golden Knights forward Ryan Reeves returned to the lineup after serving his one-game suspension, after delivering an elbow to the head of Canucks forward Tyler Motte in game seven of the second round.
With Ben Bishop sitting in the press box, Jake Oettinger suited up to be the Stars backup goaltender on Tuesday night, and was given the nod to enter the game as the third period started.
The 26th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft made 5 saves in his first playoff appearance, while allowing no goals
Oettinger, 21, had never seen action in an NHL game prior to game two against the Golden Knights.
The Stars and Golden Knights will play game three Thursday night at 8:00 PM EST, as Lehner will look to continue his shutout streak dating back to the series against Vancouver.