It took a full seven games for the Dallas Stars and Seattle Kraken series to get a nail biter of a game, but boy, did we ever get a close one. With Wyatt Johnston’s brilliant backhand goal in the third period, the Dallas Stars advance to the Western Conference Finals to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights. Play that song!
The Dallas Stars had a five shot on goal advantage after two full periods, but it felt like a 25 shot on goal advantage. Every chance that the Stars had, Philipp Grubauer scoffed at it and would nonchalantly just glove every puck. As a Stars fan, it was one of the most frustrating games in recent memory where it seemed like there was a force field surrounding the net. If you’re a hockey fan or just a sports fan in general, game seven was delivering on the dramatics.
It was quite the goalie game as it took almost a full 36 minutes of game time before Roope Hintz’s breakaway goal to kill the scoreless tie. Dallas had been putting quality shot on goal after quality shot on goal, and all it took was one mistake from a Kraken defender for Roope to get on the board. Roope Hintz has been one of the most underrated players in the NHL this season, but after 13 games in the playoffs, it’s going to be hard to underrate him now.
In a one goal game seven, nothing is safe, so the Stars had to continue the onslaught of shots on goal. Over halfway through the third period, there were a number of chances for the Stars to extend the lead to two goals, but still no dice. That is until the newly turned 20 year old, Wyatt Johnston, had one of the coolest goals I’ve seen throughout the playoffs so far.
The lead for the Dallas Stars was two goals, and American Airlines Center was absolutely rocking. Obviously we’ve seen the Stars lose a lead on a buzzer beating goal earlier in the season against the New York Rangers, so nothing was safe. The Kraken got a goal with just 19 seconds left on the clock to make it a one goal game. The nerves were still there, as I was on the verge of throwing up for a 36th time during game seven.
After the longest 19 seconds of my life, the Dallas Stars advanced to the Western Conference Finals after one hell of a series against the Seattle Kraken. Heading into the playoffs, no one thought that the Kraken were going to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche, let alone push them to seven games. If Seattle can get somewhat of a star player, the team is going to be an absolute problem for years to come.
The Dallas Stars move onto the next round for a bout to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. They’ll be facing the Vegas Golden Knights, and will be without home ice advantage for the first time this playoffs. This Dallas Stars team doesn’t quit and will always fight back after a loss, so you can never count them out. It’s going to be a slug of a fight against Vegas, and I’m ready to throw up all over again for another series.
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