Vegas did not use the first advance match point, Dallas turned the game in overtime

Vegas didn't take advantage of the first match point, Dallas turned the game around in overtime

Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference playoff finals Dallas – Vegas, May 25, 2023. Tyler Seguin (91) and Jason Robertson (21) celebrate Joe Pavelski's overtime goal.

Dallas – Dallas defeated Vegas 3-2 in overtime in the NHL Western Conference finals and dropped the series to 1-3 in games. The Golden Knights hockey players did not succeed in the playoffs after five wins and did not use the first advance match point. Jason Robertson scored two goals, Joe Pavelski scored the decisive goal at 63:18. Czech striker Radek Faksa was also happy about the win and averting the end of the season.

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The Vegas hockey players made a strong move to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in the club's history and took the lead in the fifth minute thanks to William Karlsson. The Swedish forward directed Reilly Smith's offer into the goal and scored the eighth goal in the ongoing playoffs.

Dallas responded in the first period. In the 16th minute, Robertson found his way around the goal area excellently, and the puck arrived from the air. “We played much faster hockey than in the first three games. We held the puck well in the offensive zone, we rotated and from that flowed blocks and chances,” praised the scorer of the opening two goals of Dallas.

Also in the second period, the Vegas hockey players were the first to assert themselves. Jonathan Marchessault put them in the lead in the middle of regular time. The home team was able to respond again and once again it was Robertson. The 23-year-old striker again did a good job in goal, scoring his sixth goal in the Stanley Cup.

No goals were scored in the third period and the winner was decided by overtime for the third time in the series. In it, the Dallas players rejoiced for the first time. Thirty-eight-year-old Pavelski scored the winner after a Finnish power play between Roop Hintz and Miro Heiskanen. In the playoffs, he already scored his 73rd goal, becoming the best scorer in the playoffs among active players.

Hintz has already scored 24 points in the playoffs and dominates productivity with a three-point lead over Florida's Matthew Tkachuk.


After an unsuccessful third game and a substitution in the eighth minute, Jake Oettinger returned to the Stars goal. He covered 37 shots and significantly helped to extend the streak. “Jake had a great response to his performance on Tuesday. He's been keeping us all season and he proved it again today. I don't think we've seen his best yet. He's just getting warmed up,” coach Peter DeBoer praised the goalkeeper.

Dallas is but still in a difficult situation. If they want to play in the fourth Stanley Cup final in the club's history, they must manage three more games and become only the fifth team in history to turn the series from 0-3.

“In the playoffs, there is a very fine line between success and failure. You can play three good games and be down 0-3. Just like in our case, a couple of overtime losses is enough. All we have to do is continue our game and build on today's win. We'll see where it goes. Our advantage is that with each successive success, we can erode the opponent's psyche,” said Pavelski.

Finals of the Western Conference of the NHL playoffs – 4th match:

Dallas – Vegas 3:2 in overtime. (1:1, 1:1, 0:0 – 1:0)

Goals: 16th and 38th J. Robertson, 64th Pavelski – 5th W. Karlsson, 31st Marchessault. Shots on goal: 42:39. Spectators: 18,532. Stars of the match: 1. J. Robertson, 2. Pavelski (both Dallas), 3. A. Hill (Vegas). Series status: 1:3.