Dallas Stars fall in OT in game 1 for a third consecutive series in a row

May 19, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) and center Roope Hintz (24) celebrates with the team bench after Robertson scores a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) and center Roope Hintz (24) celebrates with the team bench after Robertson scores a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /
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If someone placed a bet that the Dallas Stars would end up losing in OT three consecutive game 1’s in the playoffs, congrats sir you are rich. The Stars however are not so lucky as they lost 4-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights to open up the Western Conference Finals.

For those who were complaining about Jake Oettinger being the reason that they lost last night, you’re wrong. He was the reason we were even in the game after the first period. He was stopping shot after shot in that opening frame which led to Jason Robertson scoring at the end of the first. So please stop bellyaching about our goaltender being the reason we lost.

It wasn’t a terrible loss because the Stars did fight back and made sure they sent it to overtime. They could have laid down in the 3rd period when they were trailing but they fought back twice. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from last night’s game 1 loss to the Golden Knights.

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights Recap: 3. Sloppy puck handling

The Stars looked a little sloppy with the puck handling last night. That led to so many odd-man rushes from the Golden Knights but luckily Oettinger was there to stop them. If the Stars even want to have a shot in this series, they have to get better in game 2 handling the puck. Hopefully, Pete DeBoer sits down with the players and talk to them today about the puck handling last night.

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights Recap: 2. Grit doesn’t quit

The Stars kept fighting in the third period to answer every time that the Knights scored to take the lead. If you look at Jamie Benn’s game-tying goal down below, look at the Stars trying to free that puck and put it past Adin Hill. That’s the kind of presence the Stars need to have in front of the net going forward.

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights Recap: 2. Jason Robertson arrived

Jason Robertson finally found the score sheet after a long drought of not scoring. He scored the first goal of the game tonight right in front of Adin Hill and the sigh of relief on his face said it all. The Stars need Robertson to keep finding the scoresheet as this series continues. When all three players on our top line are clicking, the Stars are a tough team to stop scoring.