Stars Enter Game 4 Rejuvenated Following OT Victory

Wyatt Johnston’s overtime goal secured a crucial 3-2 victory for the Dallas Stars against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3, after Dallas had dominated the game but nearly lost their lead, making the win especially significant as they avoided going down 3-0 in the series.

Trying to capture the sheer impact of Wyatt Johnston’s overtime goal for the Dallas Stars on Saturday night? It’s a tall order.

This wasn’t just any win. It snagged them a 3-2 victory in Game 3 on the road, especially after a rough start losing the first two games at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.

But, oh, the drama of that game. It sets the stage for Game 4, happening Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Arena. The first half? The Stars were on fire, outshooting the Golden Knights 30-12. Yet, by mid-second period, they were only up 2-0. All thanks to Vegas’ goalie, Logan Thompson.

Thompson was like a wall. Despite letting in Johnston’s early goal and another from defenseman Miro Heiskanen, he was the reason the game wasn’t a total blowout. The guy stopped four breakaways in the second period alone, two from Tyler Seguin.

“He gave us every chance to get back in the game, and we did so once it was 2-2. Then, things got a bit different, but they outplayed us,” said Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy, tipping his hat to the Stars’ execution.

Then, a twist. With 9:20 left in the second, Brayden McNabb scores for Vegas. And just 3:10 later, Jack Eichel ties it with a shorthanded goal. All of Dallas’ hard work? It seemed to evaporate in just over three minutes.

Imagine the gut punch. Dominating the game and then, potentially facing a 3-0 series deficit? Ouch.

But Johnston’s OT goal, 16:23 into overtime, changed everything. “I tried a couple low [shots] and it didn’t work, so I figured I’d throw one up high,” he said. And just like that, it worked. Luck? Maybe. But it sure felt like destiny.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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