We are now thirty seven days into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There was one game yesterday. Yesterdays game was game three of the Western Conference Finals. That series is between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars. There is one game going on today. That game is game four of the Eastern Conference Finals. That series is between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers. The Panthers do have the chance to sweep the Hurricanes today.
Going into game three of the Western Conference Finals the Vegas Golden Knights had a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Stars. The Golden Knights won game one 4-3 in overtime and they won game two 3-2 in overtime. Game three started with and early goal from Jonathan Marchessault to give the Golden Knights the lead. Ivan Barbashev scored a few minutes later. His goal gave the Golden Knights a two goal lead. William Carrier scored to further add to their lead. Just over seven minutes into the game the Golden Knights had a three goal lead. The score after the first period was 3-0.
Alex Pietrangelo scored the only goal of the second period. His goal put the game well out of reach for the Stars. The score going into the third period was 4-0 Golden Knights.
No one scored in the third period. The final score was 4-0 Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights now have a 3-0 series lead.
This game marks back to back nights where a team has been shutout. This is now the fifth shutout of these playoffs. It is the fist game in the conference finals to not be a one goal game. This was also Adin Hill’s first ever playoff shutout. How was he rewarder for his efforts? The Dallas fans threw popcorn at him. The Golden Knights are positioned to take this series. The question now is just when? The Stars are playing like garbage. They allowed four goals on sixteen shots. They couldn’t score on the powerplay. They they out the Golden Knights 2-1. The Stars are in trouble and there is nothing that they have done to show that they can come back in this series. Will the Golden Knights sweep the Stars? What will the Stars response be in game four? Will the Stars even respond at all in game four? Are the Stars going to let the Golden Knights walk all over them?
Jammie Benn of the Dallas Stars was also suspended following a dirty hit he made on Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Game four will be on Thursday May 25th at 5:00pm PST in Dallas.
Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals is today. The Florida Panthers have a 3-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes. If the Panthers win tonight the Hurricanes will be eliminated and the Panthers will move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers won game one in the fourth overtime, game two in overtime, and game three 1-0. Will there be a sweep? Will there be more overtime? Will game four be another one goal game? Will the Hurricanes get their offense going? Will the Panthers seal the deal in game four at hame?
The Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Seattle Kraken, and New Jersey Devils advanced to round two. The Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and New York Rangers were eliminated in round one.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Seattle Kraken have been eliminated in round two.
The Carolina Hurricanes are playing the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Vegas Golden Knights are playing the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals.