Vegas Golden Knights: Sights and Sounds from Game 1 loss in WCF

Anton Khudobin #35 of the Dallas Stars makes the save against Nick Cousins #21 of the Vegas Golden Knights after scoring a goal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Anton Khudobin #35 of the Dallas Stars makes the save against Nick Cousins #21 of the Vegas Golden Knights after scoring a goal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Let’s go through the sights and sounds from a tough Game 1 loss for the Vegas Golden Knights.

It wasn’t an ideal start to the Western Conference Finals for the Vegas Golden Knights, who dropped Game 1 to the Dallas Stars.

Defenseman John Klingberg scored the only goal of the game and Anton Khudobin made 25 saves as he pitched a shutout, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of the 25 shots he saved.

It was another goose egg for the Golden Knights, however, who quickly learned that they won’t have it all their own way this series.

Let’s go over some sights & sounds from Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden Knights and the Stars…

Return of the Flower

All hail to the Flower.

Marc-Andre Fleury was back between the pipes for Game 1 against the Stars, and he reminded everyone of just how good he can be.

He stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced and, while the goal was a tough one, it would be incredibly harsh to pin this loss on Fleury.

After all, the future Hall of Famer made some huge stops to keep the Golden Knights alive in the game, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he came in and stole a game later on in the series.

Klingberg Strikes It Right

John Klingberg has been one of Dallas’ best players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with stud defenseman Miro Heiskanen.

And Klingberg was the hero of Game 1, lighting the lamp for the game-winner to make it advantage Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.

It was a hell of a wrister by Klingberg who scooped up the loose puck before sending it past Marc-Andre Fleury, and the Golden Knights need to work out a way to shutdown the Stars’ dynamic blueline.

Struggling to get it going

This has been a rough period for the Golden Knights offense.

They are loaded but they have been struggling as of late, with no forward scoring a goal in four games, excluding empty-netters.

After laying a goose egg in Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks, the Golden Knights did it again in Game 1 and it wasn’t pretty.

They are struggling to generate any real high-danger scoring chances, and this stacked lineup must figure this out if they are to make this series a long one.

John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights
John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Final. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Big Winner

John Klingberg: 1 G, +1, 20:30 TOI

Klingberg has been flying this postseason with 13 points (3 G, 10 A) in 16 games, and he was the hero in Game 1 with the game-winner.

Big Loser

The Golden Knights offense

We mentioned it above but the Vegas Golden Knights laid a goose egg for the second time in three games, and they just can’t seem to light the lamp right now.

dark. Next. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Game 1 loss

Forwards are really tightening their grip on the sticks and that isn’t a good sign going forward.