Stars Oust Defending Champion Golden Knights in First Round

The Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in Game 7, advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to face the Colorado Avalanche, with Radek Faksa scoring the winning goal and coach Peter Deboer maintaining his undefeated record in Game 7s.

The Dallas Stars pulled off a thrilling 2-1 victory in Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights. It all went down Sunday night, right at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Next up? They’re set to face the Colorado Avalanche in Round 2.

The heroes of the night? Dallas’ fourth line. Radek Faksa, Sam Steel, and Craig Smith really brought their A-game. Faksa scored the game-winner just 44 seconds into the third period, breaking the 1-1 deadlock. His backhand shot from the right circle took a lucky bounce off Golden Knights’ defenseman Alec Martinez’s leg and in.

Peter Deboer, the Stars’ coach, has an unbeatable record in Game 7s – now 8-0. Under his guidance, the team, which topped the Western Conference in the regular season, knocked out the defending champs.

Wyatt Johnston, just 20, got Dallas on the board first. His goal came with 5:26 left in the first period, moments after Jonathan Marchessault of the Golden Knights missed a golden opportunity with an empty net.

Vegas managed to tie it up, thanks to Brett Howden, with 4:35 left in the second period. The goalies were on fire too. Jake Oettinger saved 22 shots for the Stars, and Adin Hill matched him with 22 saves for the Golden Knights.

So, yeah. The Stars are moving on, and the excitement is just beginning.

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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