Before the game, the Knights had talked about creating more traffic in front of Khudobin. "It's huge, huge, huge", said Khudobin. "Let's call it luck".
It's quite another for the Vegas Golden Knights, who are winning in every statistical category of this Western Conference Final other than the one that matters most, to fix a dominant game that does everything but score.
Right now, the term "extraordinary" would define propelling a puck past Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin, who has played his way into the Conn Smythe conversation, stopping 32 shots to win Game 4 and put his Stars one win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Final since the year 2000.
Vegas have outshot the Stars by a wide margin in the series 130-92.
If Hintz is unable to play in Game 5, forwards Justin Dowling, Ty Dellandrea, Nick Caamano and Jason Robertson are available to replace him. We had enough looks tonight to extend the lead. "It's frustrating, but we have to stick to our game plan".
They are not the most important in any matchup to be contested across seven games, as each is obviously worth the same in the end.
"All we need is to finish, " Vegas caoch Peter DeBoer said. I think defensively we've been really good.
Khudobin has turned aside a few of those good looks, like when he spun his body to prevent a goal by William Karlsson in the second or dived to deny Brayden McNabb early in the third.
Faksa did not play in Game 4 on Saturday, a 2-1 Dallas win, after he was injured in the third period of Game 3 on Thursday, which the Stars won 3-2 in overtime. "It's a moment in the game that was huge for our killers to get the job done". Vegas controlled a good portion of the game in the offensive zone but yet again couldn't must up enough truly risky scoring chances at even-strength. "If I don't, then they block and stay alive and don't get scored on, which is unbelievable team effort I would say". I really appreciate that. His casual glove stopped on Shea Theodore throughout 1:10 of all Vegas five-on-three power-play time revealed the way locked in he had been. After McNabb took a awful holding punishment in the minute and Benn felt on the power play to make it 2-1, which was only Dallas' second shooter.
Since the 1982 playoffs - when the National Hockey League adopted the conference format - teams with a 3-1 lead in the conference finals have won 34 of 35 series. "They gutted that out and they blocked the shots, they paid the price and we got the win".
While the Golden Knights are certainly at their most vulnerable since the postseason began - and could be completely flummoxed, now, by their scoring woes - they are too talented of team to write off, and it would be foolish to comfortably designate this series as one that's already been decided. Bishop has not dressed for the past six games; Jake Oettinger has been the backup to Anton Khudobin. Interestingly, the Stars haven't won two straight games since beating the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the conference semifinals, while the Knights did it in Game 3 and 4 of their semifinal series against the Vancouver Canucks.