Vegas Loses to Dallas in a Shootout Still Alive in Playoff Race

The Golden Knights had a chance to narrow the gap in the wild card race but lost a tight one on the road in the Lone Star State.

The first 10 minutes of the first period were back and forth as both teams were looking for the game’s opening goal. Jason Robertson had a terrific chance alone in front but was denied by Logan Thompson four minutes later.

Vegas opened the scoring with 48.3 seconds left on the clock in the first period as Will Carrier found Chandler Stephenson, who managed to tip a puck past Jake Oettinger to make it 1-0 for the visitors. The first period ended with the Golden Knights up by one with 40 minutes to go.

The visitors started the second period by hammering everything at the net, looking to increase their lead, which was denied once again by Oettinger, who was doing his best to keep everything out. The period resembled the first as both teams worked hard up and down the ice.

The Stars tied the game as Robertson finally managed to beat Thompson’s low glove side with a quick wrist shot with six minutes to go in the second period. Thompson came up huge with less than two to go in the second frame stopping Roope Hintz on a two on one.

Vegas got their first powerplay of the game with 57 seconds left in the second period as Luke Glendenning got called for hooking and the Golden Knights made them pay as Stephenson found the loose puck in front of the net with two seconds left and scored to give them the 2-1 lead.

Dallas tied the game again less than five minutes into the third period as Robertson scored his second of the night with a shot from that point that he was able to tip past Thompson to make it 2-2. At this point of the game, with nine minutes left in regulation, the Stars were peppering Thompson looking to take the lead.

With eight minutes left in regulation, the Golden Knights turned up the intensity throwing everything at the net, looking for the game-winning goal. With 2:27 left on the clock, both Vegas and Dallas got coinciding minors, and the game went to four on four.

After 60 minutes of play, both teams remained tied at two, and the game went into overtime, and with that, no playoff-clinching scenarios were happening tonight.

Overtime was exciting as expected; with both goaltenders shutting the door, the game went into a shootout to decide a winner.

Up first was Robertson for the Stars, who had both goals for Dallas but was denied by Thompson, and Jack Eichel came out but was also stopped by Oettinger. Tyler Seguin failed to score, and it was the same result for Shea Theodore.

Joe Pavelski, in round three, looked to give his team the lead but was stopped as well, and Nicholas Roy had a chance to end but was also stoned. Both Hintz and Stephenson were stopped in the next round, and we moved on to round five.

The fifth round was the same result as it seemed like both these goaltenders were unbeatable, and we went on to round number six. Round six featured no goals, but Miro Heiskanen finally managed to beat Thompson in round seven.

William Karlsson was stopped on the next shot by Oettinger, and the Dallas Stars won the game. Now Vegas remains four points out of the final wildcard spot with two games to go.

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