Three Stars of the Game
Let’s take a look at our Three Stars of Game 5…
- Max Pacioretty endured a slow start to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after injury put a wrench in the works, although he came alive in Game 5. The veteran got Vegas on the board with a crucial goal at the end of the first period, while he recorded a secondary helper on Mark Stone’s goal that made it a tied game in the second period. This was a huge game for Pacioretty who will now have time to get fully back up to speed before Round 2 begins.
- William Karlsson was a monster on that explosive top line between Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. The center finished Game 5 with two points, including a beautiful dish on Mark Stone’s goal and a secondary helper on Pacioretty’s first goal of the postseason. Karlsson finished with a +2 rating, three shots on goal, two hits and three blocked shots in 16:47 minutes of total ice time.
- Alec Martinez has been outstanding for the Golden Knights since being acquired from the LA Kings prior to the Trade Deadline, and the veteran has really revitalized his career. A two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Martinez brings a wealth of experience with him and he’s the perfect foil for Shea Theodore. But we saw in Game 5 that Martinez can also provide offensive after beating Corey Crawford with an absolute snipe in the second period. Martinez finished the game with a +1 rating, two shots on goal, one hit and three blocked shots in 23:53 minutes of total ice time.
The Vegas Golden Knights were the first team to advance through to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
They could now have up to a week off before Round 2 starts, but it will give them a chance to allow certain players to heal before getting down to business again.