The Captain's Goal is the Difference, Stars Defeat Golden Knights in Game Four, 2-1
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn’s game-winning goal late in the second period led his team to 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.
With the win, the Stars extended its series lead to 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals.
Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb’s holding penalty in the final minutes of the second period set up the Stars power play to take the lead, as the game remained tied 1-1.
Benn scored just 10 seconds after the penalty call, as Dallas left the second period with the lead, after surrendering the first goal of the game, as well as continuing to struggle generating shots towards Golden Knights starter Robin Lehner.
After a combined five power plays that went unsuccessful, Alec Martinez broke the deadlock, beating Stars starter Anton Khudobin, giving Vegas a 1-0 lead at 7:44 of the second period.
Joe Pavelski countered for the Stars, scoring his ninth of the playoffs only four minutes later, tying the game at one.
Pavelski’s goal came only on Dallas’ seventh shot of the game.
The forward’s goal is his 57th career playoff marker, pulling him within one of Mike Modano for second all-time for postseason goals by an American-born player.
Dallas only recorded five shots in the first period, as the frame ended scoreless.
Much like game one, scoring was at premium.
The Golden Knights had an opportunity to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining in the third, after the Stars took two tripping penalties in a span of 50 seconds.
Vegas failed to capitalize on the 5 on 3 advantage that lasted 1:10, due in large part to the performance of Khudobin.
Stars centre Radek Faksa was out of the lineup on Saturday night, after he appeared to injure his left hand in a collision with Alex Tuch in the third game period of game three.
In his place was veteran forward Andrew Cogliano.
Khudobin made 32 saves in the victory, while Lehner made 18 on the losing side.
The Stars and Golden Knights will play game five Monday night at 8:00 PM EST, as Dallas will look to advance to its first Stanley Cup Finals since 2000.