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Marc-Andre Fleury got the surprise start for Vegas. He played a strong game stopping 24 of 25 shots. But the goal he let in was just two-and-a-half minutes in, which put Dallas in the driver's seat early and they could then just clamp down and play risk-free hockey. But Vegas wasn't in the game from the start. They forgot to set their alarm, or maybe it just went off in the third period when they finally showed up.

In his last three starts, Fleury is 2-1, 1.69 GAA and 0.940 SV%

Anton Khudobin continues to pad his next contract with the 25-save shutout. The day after Thomas Greiss becomes the ninth goalie in NHL history to record his first career playoff shutout at the age of 34 or old – Khudobin becomes the 10th goalie in history to do the same.

Alexander Radulov played just 11:46 and saw only three shifts in the third period. The Stars played clamp-down hockey with their slim lead, and Radulov is definitely not a part of that…



This certainly helps the Islanders, who are a team already built for the big upset. And here's why.

While most teams are focused on having the best players in the lineup, the Islanders have done a great job on having the right players in their lineup. The first-line left winger is a left winger who is best used on the first line. The third-line right winger is a right winger who checks, works hard, and can chip in top-nine points. The fourth-line center is a faceoff stud, a feisty checker. The right-side third-pairing defenseman is a defenseman suitable for that role. I could go on listing every position here, but you get the idea. There are no se