It's time to take the Dallas Stars seriously as a team that could legitimately win the Stanley Cup, led by their red-hot backup goalie.
Dallas 4, Tampa Bay 1 (Dallas leads series 1-0)
Anton Khudobin was the big story again. The Stars goalie stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced, including all 22 shots the Lightning took in the third period. Tampa built up their shot total as the game went on, starting with only four shots in the first period. Khudobin has now reeled off four consecutive wins, facing a minimum of 33 shots in each. Khudobin has a 2.54 GAA and .923 SV% during the postseason, but over those last four games he has dialed up the goaltending a notch with a 1.48 GAA and .959 SV%.
Dallas took only five shots themselves in the first period and only two shots in the third period. This clearly wasn't Andrei Vasilevskiy's best result, as he allowed three goals on 19 shots.
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