Pavelski lifts Stars over Golden Knights in OT to avoid sweep
Robertson scores twice for Dallas in 3-2 win as series shifts back to Las Vegas
Joe Pavelski admits that he probably appreciates the big playoff goals more the later he gets in his career. But they all still feel just as good, and his latest kept the season alive for the Dallas Stars.
"Just really living in the moment," Pavelski said. "A tremendous feeling for sure, and glad we could play another game, and go from there and try to extend it."
The 38-year-old Pavelski scored on a power play at 3:18 of overtime — a one-timer from the middle of the left circle to the far post — and the Stars avoided a sweep in the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.
Jason Robertson scored twice for his first career multigoal playoff game for Dallas, which played without suspended captain Jamie Benn.
Jake Oettinger had 37 saves, two nights after the 24-year-old Stars goalie was pulled 7:10 into Game 3 after allowing three goals on five shots.
The Stars had the man advantage in overtime after Brayden McNabb's high-sticking penalty on Ty Dellandrea. Fifty seconds into the power play, Pavelski scored on a pass from Miro Heiskanen. They won for the first time in their five OT games this post-season — Vegas won the first two games of this series past regulation.
⭐️ JOE PAVELSKI SAID WE'RE GOING TO FIVE ⭐️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a> <a href="https://t.co/oTfRN3CL24">pic.twitter.com/oTfRN3CL24</a>—@NHL
It was only the second Vegas penalty of the game, both high-sticking calls against McNabb. His penalty on Pavelski late in the first period set up the power play when Robertson scored his first goal with some nifty stickwork.
Pavelski, in his 15th NHL season and still looking for his first Stanley Cup, scored his ninth goal in 12 games this postseason, but his first in five games. He has 73 career postseason goals — the most for U.S.-born players and the most among all active players.
"He's ageless. ... I've seen that movie over and over again. Never gets old," Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. "He lives for those moments and he wants to be in those situations. Always has, and delivers almost every time."
Benn was suspended two games by the NHL on Wednesday for his cross-check with his stick landing near the neck of Vegas captain Mark Stone in the first two minutes of Game 3 on Tuesday night. Benn also will miss Game 5 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
'Our effort wasn't good enough'
William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas. Adin Hill had his five-game winning streak snapped. He made 39 saves, including a game-saver with his extended left leg without about two minutes left in regulation on rookie Fredrik Olofsson's swiping try in his first career playoff game.
"Our effort wasn't good enough. Closing a series is probably the hardest game in a series, right, so it just wasn't good enough from our group," Marchessault said. "It was still a one-goal game in overtime. It was right there for us."
Hill get ya. ❌<br><br>What a tremendous pad stop late in the game by <a href="https://twitter.com/Adin_Hill?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Adin_Hill</a> to preserve the tie and ensure OT. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a> <br><br>🇺🇸: <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/j0j7IEsCp9">https://t.co/j0j7IEsCp9</a><br>🇨🇦: <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportsnet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sportsnet</a> ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/g9x1gSWfFS">https://t.co/g9x1gSWfFS</a> <a href="https://t.co/ugsGNtBlGJ">pic.twitter.com/ugsGNtBlGJ</a>—@NHL
Karlsson and Marchessault are among six of the original Vegas players still on the team from the inaugural 2017-18 season that ended with the Knights playing for the Stanley Cup, though they lost in five games to the Washington Capitals after winning the first game.
Vegas took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period when Marchessault, after whacking his stick on the back of Ryan Suter in front of the net, scored on a pass between the Stars defenseman's legs from McNabb, another original Golden Knight.
Robertson's tying goal late in that period came on a ricochet off the back board just seconds after he had another shot hit the post. That was the fourth goal of this series, and sixth in the playoffs, after this regular season becoming the first Dallas player with a 100-point season.
When you're hot, you're hot. 🥵<br><br>It's Jason Robertson (<a href="https://twitter.com/JasonRob1999?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JasonRob1999</a>) AGAIN to tie the game. 🦾 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a><br><br>🇺🇸: <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/j0j7IEsCp9">https://t.co/j0j7IEsCp9</a><br>🇨🇦: <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportsnet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sportsnet</a> ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/g9x1gSWfFS">https://t.co/g9x1gSWfFS</a> <a href="https://t.co/W7Ag9ink2Z">pic.twitter.com/W7Ag9ink2Z</a>—@NHL
On his first goal late in the first that tied it 1-1, Robertson deflected Heiskanen's shot from just inside the blue line up into the air. As Hill was trying to secure the puck into his glove, Robertson knocked it free and then reached around and swiped the puck into the net with his stick parallel to the ice.
With former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and wrestling great Ric Flair both in the building wearing Stars jerseys Dallas was avoided being swept in the playoffs for the first time since 2001 against St. Louis in the second round. This was the Stars' 21st playoff series since then.
Karlsson pushed the puck up and skated to the front of the net after passing to Nicolas Roy, whose pass through traffic went off a Dallas stick before Reilly Smith got it just inside the right circle and took a shot. Karlsson's deflection past Oettinger only 4:17 into the game was his eighth goal this postseason.
"There were a lot of rush chances," said Smith, also with Vegas since the beginning. "I don't think we did a good enough job of making it difficult on them. So we get another opportunity in two days."