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Lightning Round: Dallas Stars book ticket to Stanley Cup Finals, will Bolts join them tonight?

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And Alex Killorn is CURLING on NBCSN?

Dallas Stars v Vegas Golden Knights - Game Five
EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 14: Anton Khudobin #35 of the Dallas Stars celebrates an overtime series win against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first overtime period in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 14, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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The Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals after winning 3-2 on Monday night. Denis Gurianov scored the power play overtime goal to complete a daring comeback. The Stars were down 0-2 with 10 minutes to go in the final period. Jamie Benn, Joel Kiviranta, and Gurianov scored the three goals in the win, while Anton Khudobin, the man they call Dobby, stopped 34 of 36 in the win.

The Stars are coached by Lightning former assistant coach, Rick Bowness, who is in his first year as head coach of the Stars after taking over from Jim Montgomery in late 2019. The Stars also have former Bolts goalie Ben Bishop, although he is currently injured and prospect Jake Oettinger has been backing up.

The Golden Knights were the third best team in the Western Conference in the regular season, just above the Stars in points. They had a great year led by Mark Stone and Shea Theodore who pushed the team to be one of the best shot share and shot quality teams in the league. Robin Lehner took the starting job from Marc-Andre Fleury during the playoffs, and put up comparable numbers to Khudobin in the series.

Unfortunately for Vegas, the margins were so small that the Stars ended up finishing the series way earlier than anyone would’ve normally expected based on the shooting percentages for both teams being so close. The Stars won two games in overtime and Vegas just couldn’t come back from an early series deficit.

Yesterday’s Game

Dallas Stars 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2 (OT) — DAL wins 4-1

“And the pressure from the Stars didn’t let up after this. They didn’t get the go ahead goal in regulation, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. The Golden Knights spent the entire game absolutely on fire, but the Stars finally caught up here in the third. And in catching up, forced an overtime.” [Defending Big D]

Today’s Game

New York Islanders “@” Tampa Bay Lightning — TBL leads 3-1
8pm ET — NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Lightning Links

Alex Killorn joined Team Rollin’ Stone in a charity curling competition in August of 2019 (17 years ago). The event was taped and aired in a two-part special on NBCSN last night and tonight! Killer seemed to have a lot of fun, I hope everyone can enjoy the presentation even if the Prince of Wales Trophy presentation delays Part Two!

As you may know, Steven Stamkos skated yesterday for the first time. He’s not expected back for the Eastern Conference Final but this is really encouraging news. Perhaps we can see him next week if the Lightning make the Stanley Cup Final? Fingers crossed.

The Calgary Flames announced that Geoff Ward gets to remove the word “interim” from his coaching title.

Canadian hockey prospect, Yanic Duplessis, came out over the weekend!

Former NHL GM Brian Burke had some beautiful words to say to him. Burke’s son, Brendan passed away in 2010 and was a gay rights activist after having come out himself.