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Published Time: 06.05.2024 - 16:13:13 Modified Time: 06.05.2024 - 16:13:13

"It was the biggest goal of my career," he told the TNT studio crew after the game. "After every pregame skate, I play mini-stick hockey with my son and I promised him I would score a goal tonight and I’m glad I did. I’m so excited to show him the video of the goal in the morning." Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, Golden Knights, DALLAS


"It was the biggest goal of my career," he told the TNT studio crew after the game. "After every pregame skate, I play mini-stick hockey with my son and I promised him I would score a goal tonight and I’m glad I did. I’m so excited to show him the video of the goal in the morning."

Stars coach Peter DeBoer improved to 8-0 behind the bench in Game 7s as Dallas played a nearly perfect defensive game. The Stars held Vegas to 23 shots, blocked 24 shots and outhit the Golden Knights 49-37. Defenseman Chris Tanev, acquired at the trade deadline, had five blocked shots and five hits.

The only shot to get past Stars goalie Jake Oettinger was when Brett Howden deflected in a Michael Amadio pass off a rush in the second period. That tied the game 1-1.

Dallas' Wyatt Johnson scored the opening goal after a Golden Knights turnover in the first period.

The Golden Knights beat the Stars in the Western Conference final last season on the way to the Stanley Cup title. Dallas had home-ice advantage in this year's series as the Western Conference's top seed while Vegas dropped to the second wild-card spot because of injuries.

Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy noted that the team had nine surgeries during the course of the season.

“That’s a lot of surgeries in one year for guys to overcome and it defines your game," he said. "If we could have built it a little better in March and April, maybe it goes smoother in the playoff round, but that’s the hand you’re dealt. We needed to be one goal better at the end of the day.”

The Stars lost the first two games at home, but they advance after they won four of the last five games of the series, including Games 3-5.

“It’s an unfortunate part of the ," Pietrangelo said. "But there’s a lot of good in here. Obviously we’d love to keep everybody together if we can."

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