DALLAS — In the can’t-miss rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals, Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel stood out, at least temporarily, because of one big miss.
A split second later, Eichel was on target, and Vegas officially picked up where they left off last in the Lone Star State.
Eichel scored the game-winning goal 1:57 into overtime to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars inside American Airlines Center on Thanksgiving eve. Michael Amadio also scored for Vegas, who ended their five-game road trip tonight with a 2-2-1 record while snapping a two-game losing streak.
It took Eichel a couple of attempts before officially closing the game out, as he whiffed on a shot attempt up close before regaining control of the puck and beating Stars goalkeeper Jake Oettinger.
“It’s not at all how you draw it up; I fanned a couple times, but I’ll take it,” Eichel said about his eight goal of the season that ended proceedings. “It was good to get the two points. It’s been a long road trip for us. It’s never easy being away for this long, and we knew it was going to be a tough game tonight. It’s always close when we play them.”
Three such one-goal contests also highlighted last season’s conference finals between the squads, a series that the Golden Knights won in six games, including a 6-0 defeat in the deciding Game 6 in Dallas to send Vegas to its second-ever Stanley Cup Final appearance.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Friday evening’s contest, with photos taken by Dallas-area photographer Ross James. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 27 pictures in total.