He said, “I didn’t prepare to say anything to them tonight because I didn’t think we would lose.”
The Golden Knights lost.
The Dallas Stars led Dennis Gurianov’s goal in 3 minutes, 36 seconds of overtime gave his team a 3–2 victory, and eliminated the Golden Knights from behind. Dallas advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2000.
“We all feel like this is a pointless opportunity,” said Reilly Smith, who moved from the team’s first season to the Golden Knight in 2017-18. “It’s probably the best, most efficient team I’ve played in my career. We had one goal to win the Stanley Cup. We didn’t want to lose anything out of it. Definitely lost.”
Vegas entered the restarted NHL season with their eyes on the cup. The Golden Knight was ranked first in the Pacific Division. He aggressively augmented his roster during the season, sacking coach Gerard Gallant after a 24–19–6 start, hiring DeBoer, who beat him in Game 7 of the previous postseason opening round, and Sensational Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings and traded for Chicago. Blackhawks goalkeeper Robin Lehner deadline.
The Knights eliminated Chicago in five matches in the quarterfinals, then edged out the Vancouver Canucks – and scored a stunning goal from Thatcher Demko in the last three games of the series with 7 wins in the series game. He made it to the Western Conference Finals against the Stars as an odds-on favorite in the Sports Books to win the Stanley Cup.
What went wrong?
“They scored goals on time. It was a tight series. Our team probably knocked them out for 90 percent, but that was our cost: we weren’t scoring and they were,” Smith said. Smith said . “The last eight games, it felt like we were cursed around the net. Nothing was going inside.”
Dallas outscored the Knights 9-8 in a series played in Edmonton, Alberta, as part of the league’s bubble amid a coronovirus epidemic.
“This game, like the rest of the series, we could not extend that next goal [the lead], “Said DeBeer. In Game 5, Knights center Chandler Stephenson scored a 1–0 lead for Brexit, scoring at 8:14 in the first round. Smith tallied a shot over Stars goalkeeper Anton Khudobin and gave Vegas a 2 -0 lead. 15 seconds into the third period. The Knights were 10–2 in the playoffs when scoring the first goal. Between the regular season and the playoffs, two periods later when the Knights were 36–1–4.
But Dallas started gaining momentum in the third period, and the effort was revealed in Jamie Benn’s goal at 9:54. Defenseman Essa Lindell crossed the puck from behind the net, and deflected to the right of winger Alexander Radulov and Bain, who hit a wrist shot to take the lead in the half.
“There’s no nervousness in that dressing room. We’re a flexible group,” Ben said. “We enjoy the challenge.”
The Stars tied the game with Alex Tuch of Vegas for tripping in the penalty box. Defenseman John Klingberg got a shot through traffic, was saved by Lehner, and Joel Kiviranta – who won the overall hat trick, won Game 7 against Colorado in the semifinals – to tie the game at 16:13 of the third Slapped the rebound for.
In overtime, the game turned on an important and unfortunate mistake from rogue defenseman Zach Whitcloud, who attempted to bat the puck ahead of a racing Dallas forward and accidentally sent it to the glass for a late game penalty at 2:15. Gurionov shortly after built the chain clinic.
“I just feel terrible for the baby,” DeBoer said. “It’s such a — ty penalty to start with. That type of penalty for deciding the game just makes no sense to me. But for him, to hang his head about it Nothing was found. He played his ass. He has got a bright future ahead of him here. ”
In theory, so do the knights. This is his second trip to the conference finals in a three-year existence. They lost to the Stanley Cup Finals in their opening season to Washington. Apart from a few unrestricted free agents – including Lehner, although it is expected that he will return – the Golden Knights roster may remain intact for another run next season.
“The goal of this team is to win the Stanley Cup, and they are right in that window,” DeBoer said. “It’s the toughest trophy in hockey to win. It’s an incredibly difficult road. We have to learn a few things about what to do in the playoffs and how to score in the playoffs.”
This is especially true for the top offensive players on the team. Dallas received production from stars such as Bennon, Radulov and Joe Pavelski in the series. The same cannot be said for the top scorer of the Knights.
DeBore referred to a one-off moment in the third period of Game 5 after Dallas went on a 2–1 lead and Vegas pioneer and leading scorer Max Paciorty – who had one assist in his final eight playoff games – had a breakaway chance. Could not change
It overtook Pachoretti. Smith’s goal was his first in 11 matches. Linmate Jonathan Marchlesault was without a goal in that period. Mark Stone, who suffered an injury in Game 5, scored one goal in nine games.
“We could never adequately bring up that next goal,” DeBoer said. In the end, a lack of timely scoring made the Golden Knights their most important target.
“We’re not happy to lose in the conference finals,” DeBoer said. “That was not the goal when we came here.”