LOS ANGELES- The Kings & Stars combined for 26 shots in the 1st period, but nothing hit the back of the net till Brad Marchand scored early in Period Two! That lead didnt last long as Jonathan Toews, who came over from the Isle in a pre-season deal, lit the Lamp, then Ovie slammed home a PPG for a 2-1 lead into the Final period! With the Kings clogging up neutral-ice & staying patient with the one Goal lead, it payed off when Craig Smith turned Mike Hoffman inside out & he made it 3-1 ! Viktor Arvidsson would draw Stars close when he went 5-hole on Martin Jones to make it 3-2! Stars pressing late, Bobrovsky looking to the bench, but Erik Karlsson flips the puck outta play & gets a delay of game penalty to end any hopes of a comeback! 3-2 Final The Victory by the Kings ended a 6-game losing streak in Dallas, dating back two seasons ago!
MINNESOTA- Coach Dale Hunter didnt have to remind his guys that it was the Wild who beat us in Game 6 in the Playoffs, sending them to the” Swain Cup Finals”, but he did anyway, shouting at his team in the dressing room! It seemed like a Playoff game as both Quick & Bobrovsky kept it Scoreless thru 40 minutes! Five minutes into period 3 & Brayden Point pushed home a rebound to break the ice! Derick Brassard would tie it up, then Bob robs Nathan MacKinnon(1-10)on the Power-Play, one of 5 man-advantages the Wild received in this contest! Rookie Erik Gustafsson, in the line-up for Joel Edmundson, who was scratched with a lower-body injury, Scored his 1st Career GHC Goal & it turned out to be the Winner in a 3-1 Final! Stars PK was key to win, keeping Wild scoreless in 5 Chances!
BOSTON- With the score tied at two into the 3rd, Mats Zuccarello gave the B’s a 3-2 lead with a PPG, the Bruins 2nd of the game! The Stars then exploded for 3 Goals in a minute & a half on Kari((Let-them-in)Lehtonen! Dallas sat on the 5-3 lead until veteran Corey Perry scored on a Breakaway with 2 minutes left! With the extra-attacker on, Leon Draisaitl has a last second chance, but “Bob” kicks it aside & Stars win 5-4! Jamie Benn was denied on a SH Breakaway in the 2nd period! Coach Hunter was happy holding the GHC’s League Leader in Points(McDavid) to just two assists & one SOG!
VANCOUVER- Cam Atkinson had the lone tally thru 40 minutes, as the Stars got back to playing the neutral-zone trap(1-0,1-1)after that run & gun game the night before(Boston). Viktor Arvidsson made it 2-0 early in the 3rd, then with just 7 minutes to go, Adam Lowry broke up Reimer’s shutout bid & the Canucks were back in the game! However, just a minute later, Boone Jenner misses his check(Int) & Arvidsson(1-16)roofs it for his 2nd of the period & Stars go on to win 3-1! Dallas avoided the Referee’s Wrath & stayed outta the box until Reimer got a slashing penalty with just 5 seconds to go in game!
VEGAS- The Golden Knights were rolling in the 1st period, with a 15-7 shot advantage & a 1-0 lead on a Victor Hedman blast! All bets were off in period two when Cam Atkinson finally solved Curtis McElhinney halfway thru, then with just seconds to go in the period, Jacob Silfverberg turned on the Red Light too! Early in period three, the Dallas Dog-Pound let out a howl when Jay Beagle Scored to make it 3-1! Stars would add a Power-Play Goal for a 4-1 Final , as the Home team would kill all 5 PP chances for the visitors! Coach Hunter in the post-game show said ” We got outshot badly in this one, but for the most part, we kept them to the outside & Bob was good”