Game 2: Golden Knights vs. Stars (DAL leads 1-0) – 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (livestream): John Klingberg scored with Dallas’ first shot 2:36 into the first period and the Stars held on for a 1-0 win in Game 1 to take the series lead. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in the win to earn his first career playoff shutout. Marc-Andre Fleury started in goal for Vegas and made 24 saves in the loss.
Khudobin’s shutout was his first since February 2019. He served as back-up to Ben Bishop this season and had never started a playoff game prior to this year, but with Bishop often unfit to play this postseason, he has taken over the starting job and ran with it.
Khudobin has started 14 of Dallas’ 17 playoff games this year, going 9-5 with a 2.74 GAA and .914 SV%.
Vegas has now lost three of their last four games and have been shutout in two of their last three. In those last three games, they’ve scored just one non-empty net goal.
With three shutouts in his past six games, Robin Lehner was surprisingly replaced by Fleury for Game 1. Fleury was strong in his first loss of the postseason, stopping 24 of 25 shots, although Lehner is expected to be back in goal for Game 2.
Since the conference format was adopted ahead of the 1981-82 season, teams that win Game 1 of the Conference Finals win the series 63.5% of the time (47-27). So far this postseason, teams that win Game 1 hold a 17-3 series record (Qualifying Round through Second Round).