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NHL: Results from Game 2 of the Golden Knights vs. Stars series

NHL: Results from Game 2 of the Golden Knights vs. Stars series

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Without knowing where the Vegas Golden Knights will stay, we can expect the Stanley Cup champions to give their stay in Dallas a five-star rating after winning the first two games of their series.

The Golden Knights return home with a 2-0 lead thanks to a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the Stars looking for a solution.

Leading the West at the end of the season with 113 points, the Stars will have to respond during the third game on Saturday, otherwise they will find themselves as in the league final in 2023, that is, with a 3 to 0 deficit to fill the Knights. However, they started the second encounter of the current series well.

Less than five minutes before the end of the first half, Nicolas Roy was sent to the penalty area for hitting Jason Robertson with a stick. The Stars forward powered his opponent, beating Logan Thompson with a wrist shot on the power play.

The knights' response was not long in coming. Jack Eichel accepted Ivan Barbashev's long pass to run past Jake Oettinger. The striker had the presence of mind to pass to his right Jonathan Marchessault who easily pushed the puck into an abandoned cage for his second goal of the series.

The Stars goaltender was set to redeem his performance with four goals allowed on 15 shots in the first game. He frustrated Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore in quick succession midway through the period. He released the pad first with a throw from the defender who shed his covers to jump on the return. He thought he had the best of Oettinger who was lying on the ice, but he pulled out his glove to keep the puck away from his net.

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After picking up two assists in Game 1, Noah Hanifin hurt the Stars once again. After Roy's shot was blocked on defense, Hanifin jumped on the puck and beat Oettinger with a good shot to put Vegas in control with just over a minute left in the period. This goal made the difference thanks to Vegas' defensive work in the third period. The Stars were limited to just five shots at the cage from Thompson, who finished the evening with 20 saves. Oettinger stopped 24 shots.

Eichel completed the score into an empty net to confirm his team's lead in the series. Marchessault had an assist on the play.