The Stars went 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference final with Game 6 scheduled for Monday in Dallas. A seventh game, if needed, would be Wednesday in Vegas.
The win robbed the host Golden Knights, at least temporarily, of their second appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in the club’s six seasons.
The Stars are trying to become just the fifth team in NHL history to rebound from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, and the first since the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 did so. made in the first round.
“We feel good. We have a lot of fights in this room,” Dellandrea said. “When we were down three times, we stayed focused, one game at a time, one period at a time.
“We’re keeping our eyes pretty open and narrow here, taking it slow, one day at a time. We have a lot of confidence in this room.”
The Stars took their first lead of the game at 3-2 with 9:25 left in the third period on a sharp angled shot from Dellandrea.
The 22-year-old Canadian center fired a puck that deflected off Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s stick and went under Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill’s glove and just inside the left post.
Dellandrea made it 4-2 with 7:58 left in regulation time when a loose puck bouncing in front of goal landed on his stick and he fired it past Hill to give the Stars their biggest ever lead. series.
It was the first multi-goal game in the NHL for Dellandrea, who managed just nine goals in the regular season, and his first NHL game-breaking third-period goal.
“It’s exciting,” Dellandrea said. “Our line worked well all night. I felt good for sure.
“We have bigger things that we want to achieve. It’s a big win. We can go home and have another opportunity. We’ve been through a bit of adversity this round.”
Dallas captain Jamie Benn missed the game while serving the second of a two-game suspension for a blocking by Vegas captain Mark Stone in Game 3.
“A big message in the room is that we want Jamie back, we want our captain back,” Dellandrea said. “We focused on that and got it back.”
The Stars or Golden Knights will face the Florida Panthers, Eastern Conference champions, who swept Carolina in the other semifinal.
– The stars respond quickly –
Ivan Barbeshev opened the scoring for the Golden Knights after 13:36 of the first period.
The 27-year-old Russian center received a pass from Jack Eichel, entered from the left side, changed the puck from his backhand to his forehand as he skated in front of goal and fired the puck past the sprawling Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger for a 1-0 lead in Vegas.
Luke Glendening answered for the Stars just 1:48 later on an assist from Thomas Harley to raise Dallas’ level. It was the second playoff goal for the 34-year-old American center.
Vegas fired the first six shots on goal, but Dallas outshot the Golden Knights 13-10 in the first period.
Chandler Stephenson put Vegas back on top 3:20 into the second period, taking a cross pass from Shea Theodore and firing a quick shot over Oettinger’s glove.
Again, the Stars responded quickly, with Jason Robertson scoring the equalizer just 2:09 later, sending a wrist shot past Hill.