Stars take 3-1 stranglehold lead over Knights in NHL playoffs

Stars' Khudobin shuts the door to put Golden Knights on cusp of elimination

Surging Stars on cusp of 1st Stanley Cup final in 20 years

Dallas Stars winger Alexander Radulov scores the game-winning overtime goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner to give his team a 2-1 series lead.

"We've been here before". We stuck with it.

Well, not exactly the same situation. When McNabb took a bad holding penalty late in the second, Benn scored on the power play to make it 2-1. Dallas has been outshot and outplayed for most of the best-of-seven series so far, but thanks to timely goals and top-shelf goaltending from Anton Khudobin they lead the series 3-1.

That strategy is working and flustering the Golden Knights, who have six goals in four games despite some high-quality chances.

"Pretty spectacular performances. Kept us in that game tonight for sure", Dallas captain Jamie Benn said. They held a 3-1 lead on the Vancouver Canucks last round, but ran into a red-hot goaltender and needed a seventh game to advance.

"You can't play the shot clock", said Stars forward Joe Pavelski. Stick to our game plan, a little more urgency on pucks when we do find them. "We just have to find a way to change that".

"We are enjoying with the most penalized team in the playoffs and now we have got the puck, so that I anticipate the penalties to maintain our favor, and we have earned this by our field and from how we are enjoying", DeBoer said. I really appreciate that.

"I think the efforts there". But the effort's there to do that.

"He's going to battle right till the end", Stars coach Rick Bowness said. Goals are going to be scored in the hard areas, we know that. "When he's reading the play as well as he was tonight, he's making a lot of tough saves look easy".

Forward Cal Clutterbuck started off the scoring for the Islanders in the first period.

The veteran goalie bounced around six teams in 11 National Hockey League seasons, the past two in Dallas.

The Golden Knights had a 5-on-3 power play in the third period for 1 minute and 10 seconds but couldn't convert.

UPDATE 8 P.M. ET MONDAY: It's two-way action on the moneyline at DraftKings, with 54 percent of bets on the Golden Knights and 57 percent of handle on the Stars. They are being led in scoring this postseason by defenceman Shea Theodore, who has seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points.

National Hockey League betting odds are posted and getting attention for Monday's lone playoff contest, Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

"All we need is to finish. I think we're creating a lot of really good looks". "Their best player, Joe Pavelski, takes a backhander, it rolls up the shaft of the stick and over our goalie's shoulder". We haven't gotten any of those.

Game 5 of the Western Conference finals is scheduled for Monday in Edmonton, Alberta, with the Golden Knights facing elimination and the Stars eyeing the prize.

The win didn't deflate the competition quite to the extent it did in the previous round, but having to win three straight to survive the Stars proved to be too tall of a task for the Avalanche, whose comeback bid fell short in Game 7.

"We play with confidence", forward Corey Perry said. "We're not taking our eyes off of that". "The focus is entirely on that".

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