The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down Monday’s NHL playoff schedule with the all-important television and live streaming information included.
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MONDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Game 5: Stars vs. Golden Knights (DAL leads 3-1) – 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (livestream): After falling behind 1-0 on Alec Martinez’s power play goal in the second period, the Dallas Stars rebounded to score twice later in the period. Joe Pavelski tied the game at 1-1 with his ninth goal this postseason. Dallas captain Jamie Benn provided the game winner on his power play tally with 59 seconds left before intermission. Dallas netminder Anton Khudobin, once again, stood tall in goal, stopping 32 of 33 shots.
The Stars are now one win away from reaching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final since 2000. The Stars won their only Stanley Cup title in 1999.
The Vegas Golden Knights are 2-5 in their last seven games after starting postseason 10-2.
Benn has recorded a point on each of the Stars’ game-winning goals against the Golden Knights. Should he record a point on their series-clinching goal, he would become only the fourth player to do so on all four game-winning goals within a Conference Finals series. The others: Kings forward Wayne Gretzky (1993 vs. Toronto), Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque (1988 vs. New Jersey) and Islanders forward Mike Bossy (1983 vs. Boston).
Vegas has been inconsistent with its offensive output, having now put up just six goals in four games this series after averaging 2.71 goals/game in the Second Round against Vancouver. Even in that series, the Golden Knights had a cold spell, scoring just one goal total in Games 5 and 6 losses before winning Game 7, 3-0.
Robin Lehner stopped 18 of 20 shots in Game 4 but finished on the losing end for the second straight game. The lack of offensive support has been part of this story as well, with Vegas putting up no more than two goals in each of Lehner’s six losses this postseason.
Since the conference format was adopted ahead of the 1981-82 season, teams that hold a 3-1 lead in the Conference Finals own an all-time series record of 34-1.