Vegas Can Punch Their Ticket To The Stanley Cup Final With Win Over Dallas Tonight


By NHL Public Relations

May 25, 2023

The Golden Knights can clinch the second Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history and first since their historic inaugural season (2017-2018) when they take a 3-0 series lead into Game 4 against the Stars on Thursday.

The contest is available on ESPN and ESPN+ in the U.S. as well as on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, and CBC in Canada.

Vegas is vying to become the eighth franchise in NHL history with multiple Final berths within its first six NHL seasons, following the Oilers (3x), Blues (3x), Rangers (3x), Bruins (3x), original Ottawa Senators (3x), Montreal Maroons (2x) and Toronto Arenas/St. Patricks (2x).

Alec Martinez (2-0—2 in 5 GP), Phil Kessel (0-1—1 in 3 GP), Ivan Barbashev (1-0—1 in 1 GP), Mark Stone (1-0—1 in 1 GP) and Alex Pietrangelo (0-1—1 in 1 GP) are the current Golden Knights players with at least one point in potential clinching games during the Conference Finals/Semifinals. Martinez has yet to tally this postseason but can become the third defenseman in NHL history with three goals in potential closeout contests during the round before the Final, joining Doug Harvey (3-5—8 in 12 GP) and Ott Heller (3-2—5 in 6 GP).

Joe Pavelski (7-10—17 in 28 GP), Tyler Seguin (3-8—11 in 15 GP) and Ryan Suter (1-10—11 in 21 GP) are the current Dallas players that have at least 10 career points in potential elimination games, with Pavelski’s total ranking among the top 10 for active players. 

Adin Hill can become the seventh goaltender in NHL history with a six-game winning streak during the same playoff year in which they made their postseason debut, following Bill Durnan (8-0 in 1944), Antti Niemi (7-0 in 2010), Cam Ward (7-0 in 2006), Ilya Bryzgalov (6-0 in 2006), Vesa Toskala (6-0 in 2006) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (6-0 in 2003).

Click here to read the May 25 edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates which features the full list as well as more notes on the Stars, who face the task of becoming the fifth franchise in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to win a series after facing a 3-0 deficit and the first to do so during the round before the Final.

Source: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – May 25, 2023, #NHLStats: Live Updates – May 25, 2023 Edition

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