The Wraparound: Conference Finals begin with Golden Knights vs. Stars

The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down Sunday’s NHL playoff game with the all-important television and live streaming information included.

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• The NHL Conference Finals are set. The Stars will take on the Golden Knights while the Islanders will face the Lightning.

SUNDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF GAME

Game 1: Golden Knights vs. Stars – 8 p.m. ET, NBC (livestream): This is the first-ever playoff series between Vegas and Dallas. Both advanced to the West Final with tense Game 7 Second Round victories on Friday, after each led their respective series 3-games-to-1.

Dallas fell behind 4-3 with less than four minutes to go in Game 7 against Colorado, but Joel Kiviranta tied the score 10 seconds later – his second of the game – to force OT. Kiviranta completed his hat trick in overtime, sending Dallas to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2008. The Stars lost to Detroit in the 2008 Western Conference Final, and last made the Cup Final in 2000.

Though nearly thwarted by the superb play of Thatcher Demko, the Golden Knights finally broke through late in the third period of Game 7 as Shea Theodore’s power play goal gave Vegas a 1-0 lead. They sealed things with a pair of empty netters to advance to the West Final for the second time in their three-year existence. In their inaugural season, the Golden Knights lost the 2018 Cup Final to Washington.

Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves will miss the game due to suspension.

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Vegas beat Dallas 5-3 in the Round Robin. The Stars led 3-1 entering the third period, before Vegas scored four unanswered goals to win. Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop were the starting goalies. Prior to the game, Lehner, Ryan Reaves, Tyler Seguin, Jason Dickinson took a knee during the national anthems.

The most significant game between these two came in their first-ever meeting on October 6, 2017, in what was the first-ever game for the Golden Knights franchise. This game came just five days after a gunman killed 58 people on the Las Vegas strip, and the Stars stood with the Golden Knights during the pregame moment of silence and national anthem. Vegas won 2-1.

MONDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Eastern Conference Final
– Game 1: Islanders vs. Lightning – 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

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