For the first time in 20 years, the Dallas Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final. This time around, the Stars needed to rally back from a 2-0 third-period deficit to beat the Golden Knights 3-2 in OT in Game 5.
From here, the Stars await the winner of the 2020 Eastern Conference Final, which the Lightning currently lead 3-1 against the Islanders.
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As the source of much (probably too much) of the Golden Knights’ offense lately, it shouldn’t be too shocking that Shea Theodore factored into a big goal. His nice pass opened the door for Chandler Stephenson to make a great move on Anton Khudobin and give Vegas an early 1-0 lead:
If you’ve followed the 2020 Western Conference Final, you may know the drill for the second period. The Golden Knights hammered a high volume of shots and shot attempts, controlling much of the play. But they could only get so much going as far as high-danger scoring chances were concerned, and when they did, Khudobin was usually ready to make tough stops.
But there were also reminders that the Golden Knights can burn you badly if you blink.
After Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn tried to make something happen to start the third period, Reilly Smith beat Khudobin up high for a significant 2-0 goal. You can practically feel the relief from Smith and his Golden Knights teammates after that goal, as many top Vegas players (not named Shea Theodore) have been snakebitten.
That relief would be short-lived.
Then the Stars waged a comeback vs. Golden Knights to win Game 5
The setback on the 2-0 goal wouldn’t keep Benn from making an impact once again during this series. The Stars’ towering captain made plenty of plays during the third period, banging home a rebound to cut Vegas’ lead to 2-1.
Following an ill-advised penalty by Alex Tuch, Joel Kiviranta scored yet another big goal for the Stars, sending things to overtime with a 2-2 power-play tally.
The Stars didn’t find much success on the power play during this series, but they made it happen in Game 5. That Kiviranta PPG sent it to overtime, and then a booming Denis Gurianov one-timer punched the Stars’ ticket to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars (DAL wins 4-1)
Stars 1, Golden Knights 0. (recap)
Golden Knights 3, Stars 0. (recap)
Stars 3, Golden Knights 2 [OT]. (recap)
Stars 3, Golden Knights 1. (recap)
Stars 3, Golden Knights 2 [OT].
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“I’m definitely excited to go back’
Chase Young on his return to Ohio: “I’m definitely excited to go back’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Football Team (1-1) is set to take on the Cleveland Browns (1-1) Sunday at 1:00 pm which could only mean one thing…
Some Ohio State legends will be returning to a state they called home for some years. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins and defensive end Chase Young.
Young, specifically, is thrilled about his return to the Buckeye State.
“Going back to Ohio is going to bring back a lot of memories of my college days and what I did in the Horseshoe,” Young said. “Now it’s just a different stage, preparing for something even greater.”
“I’m definitely excited to go back for sure.”
The Browns organization was granted a special variance allowing them to let 6,000 fans into their first two home games of the season, most of which, one could assume, are OSU fans.
Young lit up while looking ahead to playing in front of some faithful followers.
“It will feel good to see some Ohio State fans out there,” Young said. “I know there are some fans out there that will probably hit me with the ‘O-H’ so I will definitely be ready for that.”
Young has racked up 2.5 sacks, 8 tackles, and 1 forced fumble so far this season. If he adds to that total too much he may see some of those OSU fans change allegiances, at least for a few hours.
Fernandes’ 100th minute penalty hands Man Utd win at Brighton
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty, awarded on a VAR review after the final whistle had blown, as Manchester United rode their luck to register their first Premier League points of the season with a thrilling 3-2 win at Brighton on Saturday.
The Seagulls hit the woodwork five times and thought they had earned a deserved point when Solly March headed home to equalise in the 95th minute.
However, Neal Maupay’s handball was penalised by referee Chris Kavanagh after he had blown for full-time and Fernandes converted from the spot in the 100th minute.
Pre-season hopes that United could mount a title challenge to their biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City dissipated after a dire display in losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace last weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes and got more of the same for the first 45 minutes as Brighton controlled the game.
Leandro Trossard hit both posts with shots from outside the box, while Adam Webster’s looping header came back off the crossbar.
It took United 33 minutes to muster a flowing move involving the front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood, who found the net but the goal was ruled out for offside against Rashford.
– VAR to the rescue –
Brighton finally got their reward when the tireless Tariq Lamptey burst into the box from right wing-back and was clipped by Fernandes.
The United midfielder was lucky to escape a second yellow card, but Maupay ensured they did pay the penalty with a cheeky chip down the middle of the goal as David de Gea dived to his left.
However, the lead lasted just three minutes as from a fiercely driven Fernandes free-kick, Nemanja Matic turned the ball back across goal and Lewis Dunk turned the ball into his own net.
VAR came to the rescue of both sides within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
United had already conceded a penalty in consecutive games for the first time in 11 years in the Premier League and thought they had given a away a second spot-kick of the match when Paul Pogba was penalised for pulling back Aaron Connolly.
However, Kavanagh overturned his initial decision when he saw a replay of the incident.
At the other end, United’s front three was beginning to click as Rashford swept home Greenwood’s low cross but this time VAR ruled against United with the goalscorer marginally offside.
There was no stopping Rashford moments later when he raced onto Fernandes’s ball over the top and left Ben White trailing on the ground before his deflected effort found the top corner.
Brighton’s bad luck continued when March became the next player to hit the woodwork as his low shot across De Gea came back off the inside of the far post before Trossard smashed against the bar with just the Spanish number one to beat.
The Seagulls seemed to finally have their reward when March ghosted in at the back post to head home Alireza Jahanbakash’s cross.
But in a chaotic finale, Harry Maguire’s header from a corner struck Maupay’s arm and to Brighton’s dismay, a penalty was awarded.
Fernandes has never missed a top-flight penalty and stayed cool under the pressure to ensure Solskjaer’s men escaped with all three points.
Fernandes penalty settles astonishing contest
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty with the last kick of an astonishing game as Manchester United stole a 3-2 win over a Brighton and Hove Albion side who struck the woodwork five times.
The Portuguese kept his cool in the 100th minute to settle matters at the end of a dramatic encounter at the Amex Stadium in which United rode their luck to the extreme.
Brighton, showing no signs of fatigue despite facing a fifth game in 13 days, hit both posts and the crossbar in the first half before breaking the deadlock via Neal Maupay’s nerveless Panenka penalty after Fernandes fouled Tariq Lamptey.
United – needing a response to their limp opening-game loss to Crystal Palace – levelled within 187 seconds, though, Lewis Dunk unfortunate to divert past Mat Ryan from close range after Fernandes’ set-piece caused problems.
Referee Chris Kavanagh chalked off a penalty he had awarded early in the second half after reviewing the incident himself, allowing Paul Pogba to breathe a sigh of relief after Aaron Connolly took a tumble.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made full use of the reprieve as Marcus Rashford, having just seen a goal disallowed, brilliantly danced his way into the box and fired home via a deflection off Dunk.
Graham Potter was cursing his luck when Solly March and Leandro Trossard hit the post and bar respectively, before jumping for joy when the former headed in a stoppage-time equaliser.
But the drama was not over and Maupay handled Harry Maguire’s header, which was cleared off the line by March. The final whistle had gone but a VAR check resulted in a spot-kick from which Fernandes wrapped up the points in a game that will live long in the memory.
What does it mean? United paper over the cracks
This performance will persuade nobody that United are going to be a genuine threat this season – the visitors were clearly second best.
Brighton hit the woodwork five times, which is a record in a Premier League match since Opta began collecting such data in 2003.
On another day, this could so easily have been another chastening loss for United.
Trossard emulates Ronaldo…
Following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo is generally considered a good thing, but for Trossard it will be a source of huge frustration.
He became the first player since Ronaldo to hit the woodwork three times in a Premier League match, the Portugal star having done so for United against Newcastle United in 2006.
Adam Webster also saw a header tipped onto the bar by David de Gea on a frustrating day for the Seagulls.
Fernandes a cut above
Along with Rashford, Fernandes is one of the few United players who will emerge from this game with credit.
As well as getting the winner, he provided an assist and has now had 17 goals involvements in 16 Premier League appearances.
Key Opta Facts
– United have given away a penalty in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2009; it’s the first time the Red Devils have conceded one in both of their first two games in a Premier League campaign.
– De Gea has saved just two of the 29 penalties he has faced in the Premier League. Of goalkeepers to face at least 25 spot-kicks in the competition, only Paul Robinson has saved a lower proportion (6.1 per cent to De Gea’s 6.9 per cent).
– United have won each of the last four Premier League meetings with Brighton, their joint-longest winning streak against a current top-flight side (also 4 versus Leicester City).
– Since the start of last season, United’s Premier League games have produced 20 penalties, the most of any team in that time (15 for, five against).
It will be a case of deja vu for these two sides, who meet again in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
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