That’s all I have to say about that, really.
After a rather uneventful first half of the period, Detroit drew first blood off of a blistering one-timer from Jakub Vrana which rocketed past Anton Khudobin. The Red Wings proceeded to get several additional high-chance scoring opportunities, only stopped by either a timely Khudobin save or dumb luck.
But then with about four minutes left, a tip by Luke Glendening bounced the puck off the ice and past the goal-line. The Stars responded with a flurry of shots on goal, so naturally the Red Wings scored yet again in the final 12 seconds, courtesy of Richard Panik and a badly controlled rebound.
Score: Dallas 0, Detroit 3
Shots: Dallas 12, Detroit 9
Dallas went on the power play early in the second period thanks to a Michael Rasmussen trip on Roope Hintz. This being one of those games, the Stars actually did score on the power play, courtesy of offensive powerhouses Radek Faksa, Tanner Kero, and Esa Lindell:
Can we admire this pass from Tanner Kero for a minute tho pic.twitter.com/PJHAF3KLqv— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 23, 2021
This offered a glimmer of hope, so that was naturally crushed only four minutes later. Despite trading out Khudobin for Jake Oettinger during intermission, the Stars were still unable to keep the puck out of their own net, as Vrana scored his second of the evening off a tip.
Dallas would soon get another power play as Vladislav Namestnikov went to the box for roughing Jason Dickinson. The Stars failed to score during this time, but Joe Pavelski found the back of the net less than five seconds afterwards:
Joe Pavelski appreciation tweet pic.twitter.com/7vTXSgPb0h— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 23, 2021
Not much later, Detroit would get their own power play as Andrew Cogliano got sent to the box for hooking Alex Biega. They failed to score, and that would be it for the second period.
Score: Dallas 2, Detroit 4
Shots: Dallas 31, Detroit 16
The first half of the final frame was almost as uneventful as the start of the game. The Stars went on the power play again as Danny DeKeyser was called for interference against Tanner Kero, although this time they failed to score as a result. Ten minutes in, Vrana completed his hat trick as he forced a turnover in the defensive zone and scored on the ensuing breakaway.
A couple minutes later, Troy Stecher was called for holding Radek Faksa, putting Dallas on the power play once more. This resulted in the Stars’ third goal of the evening, courtesy of Denis Gurianov:
Unfortunately, there was apparently an unwritten law that Jakub Vrana must outscore the entire Stars’ offense tonight, so he proceeded to complete a Joe Thornton hat trick off of a rebound. The Stars later pulled Oettinger for the extra attacker, but Sam Gagner iced any chance at a comeback with the empty netter.
Final Score: Dallas 3, Detroit 7
Final Shots: Dallas 46, Detroit 23