The Vegas Golden Knights looked lethargic in a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game One of the Western Conference Finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.
“Yeah, we were a little out of gas, but they were too,” said Vegas coach Peter DeBoer. “They went through exactly the same circumstances as us, except they played a few hours earlier in the day than us. [Friday]. So no excuses there.
“You have to find a way. You get what you deserve in this league of many nights. We just didn’t do enough work to win. ”
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The Golden Knights have lost three of their last four games. They have been kicked out twice in their last three years. No striker has scored a goal other than an empty net in his last four games.
It’s a bit of a disappointment, considering they outscored the Canucks in games 5-7 of the second round to come up against a hot goalie, Thatcher Demko. The Golden Knights lost 2-1 in Game 5 despite beating the Canucks 43-17. They lost 4-0 in Game 6 despite beating them 48-23. They won 3-0 in Game 7 after beating them 36-14.
It was another matter, however.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead when the defender John Klingberg scored on their first shot at 2:36 of the first period, and they led 23-12 shots in two periods.
“It just took us too long to get into the game, it took us too long to get that energy, that fire, that bravado that you need to play in this type of game,” said the defender of Vegas Nate Schmidt he told me.
The Golden Knights beat the Stars 13-2 in the third but couldn’t break through.
“I thought we had started to work a little better,” DeBoer said. “I’m sure part of it is that they’re in the lead too. It’s probably a bit of everything. In the end, we got what we deserved. We didn’t play hard enough long enough tonight. ”
The lesson was simple.
“Vancouver defended really well, but didn’t have that heaviness that Dallas has,” DeBoer said. “Now we know what we’re dealing with, and it’s up to us to answer it.… It’s going to be a different series, and we’re going to have to get around that and find a way to create an offense. . ”
Schmidt looked confident that they could.
“It’s a very different look, but our team has been able to win in a multitude of ways throughout [this postseason] and throughout the past two years, ”Schmidt said. And so we know that we have to be a lot better from the start of the game. ”