LAS VEGAS –
Ty Dellandrea scored twice in a 1:27 interval midway through the third inning, and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday night to stay alive in the Western Conference Finals.
The Stars escaped elimination for the second consecutive game and advanced to Dallas for Game 6 on Monday night with a score of 3-2. Dallas is trying to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a series after going 3-0 down.
Dellandrea had the first multi-goal game of his playoff career, and it helped to replicate Jake Oettinger’s performance of 27 saves. Jason Robertson and Luke Glendening also scored, and Thomas Harley provided two assists.
Chandler Stephenson and Ivan Barbashev scored for the Knights, and Jonathan Marchessault provided two assists to extend his streak to four games. Adin Hill made 30 saves.
Dellandrea scored from the right circle to give Dallas the lead, the ball deflecting Vegas defender Alex Pietrangelo with 9:25 left. Then, Dellandrea scored from the strike with 7:58 remaining to take the Stars’ first many-goal lead in the series.
The teams exchanged goals in the first two innings.
Jack Eichel battled two Star players for the ball in Vegas’ strike area, then Barbashev swooped in and made a superb move to slip past Oettinger and score 6: 24 remaining in the first inning. The Stars wasted little time responding when Glendening scored after a save less than two minutes later.
Dallas was robbed of what looked like a solid target when Hill parried a straight shot from Roope Hintz, who then turned his back in disbelief.
Like in the first half, the Knights had a goal in the second half that was quickly met with a goal from the Stars. Stephenson scored from the left circle at 16:40 of the half, and Robertson made his own counterattack at 2:09 later to make it 2-2. Stephenson set the Knights record with eight goals in this year’s playoffs, and Robertson has his fifth goal in the series.