EDMONTON—Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer during a power play 3:36 into overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Monday night to advance to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2000.
The Stars forced overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference final with two goals in the last 10:06 of regulation. They closed it out after Zach Whitecloud was sent off for delay of game for knocking the puck out of play.
Anton Khudobin had 34 saves for Dallas, facing only one shot in overtime. Captain Jamie Benn and Joel Kiviranta, a rookie like Gurianov, got the Stars even with goals in the third period.
The Stars are 5-0 in overtime this post-season. They also won 3-2 in Game 3 against Vegas, when Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into the extra period.
Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner had 23 saves.
Smith made it 2-0 just 15 seconds into the third, scoring his first goal in 11 games. His wrist shot from the top of the right circle came at the end of an odd-man rush that followed Lehner’s kick save at the other end on a shot by Tyler Seguin.
Dallas finally got on the board when Benn scored for the third game in a row. Esa Lindell had the puck behind the net after Benn won a faceoff, then pushed it out front off Radulov’s stick before Benn turned and knocked it in.
Seguin had a one-timer from the middle of the left circle with the Stars on a power play with just over five minutes left. Lehner secured the puck, not allowing a rebound chance for Benn, who was just in front of him.
Skating with the man advantage late in the third, Kiviranta converted a quick backhander off a loose puck after defenceman John Klingberg’s long shot into traffic. It was the first point for Kiviranta since his hat trick with the overtime winner in the Game 7 against Colorado in the second round.
The Stars had entered the game with a 3-1 series lead — like they did in the second round against the Avalanche before getting extended to seven games.
After the Golden Knights failed to score on three power-play opportunities in the second period, they took a two-goal lead when Khudobin was unable to stop an another quick shot by Vegas — like he had in each of the first two periods.
Stephenson got the lead for Vegas 8:14 into the first, using a forehand-backhand move to get the puck under and through Khudobin’s legs. Stephenson was on the break in front of the Stars defence after a nice pass from Shea Theodore.
After Stephenson scored, the Golden Knights had some of their biggest hits in the series. Ryan Reaves took down Blake Comeau midway through the first, and a few minutes later slammed Esa Lindell hard into the boards.