DALLAS — One goal was all it took to advance the Dallas Stars to a one-game lead on the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday.
Dallas scored early in the first period of the first game in the Western Conference Finals, and Vegas never answered. The only goal of the game came courtesy of Stars defenseman John Klingberg, with an assist from Jamie Benn. It was the first shot of the game and Klingberg's third goal of the playoffs.
Dallas leads the postseason NHL in goals from defensemen with 12.
This is the first time in 12 years the Stars have made the Finals.
Stars goalie Anton Khudobin was the highlight of the game's battle of defenses, tallying up 25 saves in total. It was his first career playoff shutout.
The Stars are 37-24-8 on the season.
Game 2 will be Tuesday, Sept. 8. The puck drops at 7 p.m.