His goal came on a patient feed from Pacioretty and was followed three-and-half minutes later by Karlsson’s power play goal. Then the Golden Knights’ Bottom 6 tic-tac-toed their way through the Stars zone like the French Connection, scoring a beauty that put this game on ice for Vegas.
“A perfect example,” Stastny said of the Pacioretty feed. “If we’re getting too frustrated, there are times when Patchy will shoot that as quickly as he can, just to get a puck on net. But he takes that extra second. Or (Nosek’s) goal. It’s three one-touch passes. It’s confidence. It’s always been there.”
After a series opener that saw Vegas sleep-walk through 40 minutes with just 12 shots on goal, the Golden Knights turned this series on its head with a far, far more concerted effort in Game 2. By the time 40 minutes had passed the score was 3-0, and poetically, it was the Stars that were stuck on 12 shots through two periods.
“We took charge in the first game, first period, right away,” said Stars winger Mattias Janmark. “Today was a little bit reversed. I think we hung on in the first… eventually when you’re on your heels you’re going to get scored on, and we did. And they kept rolling. They were in charge all game.”
This is why they play seven-game series, so the momentum can be passed back and forth until one team simply cannot grab it back anymore. Dallas came out with an excellent defensive game in the opener, and Vegas answered by overpowering Dallas with the “come at you in waves” offensive style they prefer.
But unlike in Game 1, when Ryan Reaves was serving a one-game suspension for a head shot on Vancouver’s Tyler Motte, the Stars had to deal with the big guy Tuesday. His line, with Nosek and William Carrier, starts every game for Vegas coach Pete DeBoer.