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EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 14: Corey Perry #10 of the Dallas Stars celebrates as the game-winning goal by teammate Denis Gurianov (not pictured) goes past Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights to give the stars the 3-2 overtime victory in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 14, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer during a power play 3:36 into overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000. The Stars forced overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference final with two goals in the final 10:06 of regulation. They closed it out after Zach Whitecloud was sent off for delay of game for knocking the puck out of play. Anton Khudobin had 34 saves for Dallas, facing only one shot in overtime. Captain Jamie Benn and Joel Kiviranta, a rookie like Gurianov, got the Stars even with goals in the third period.

The Vegas Golden Knights are left to grapple with how they controlled the play for much of the Western Conference final but somehow lost in five games to the Dallas Stars. Vegas bowed out of the playoffs shy of the Stanley Cup Final despite taking 48 more shots than Dallas. The Golden Knights even scored just one fewer goal than the Stars. Getting eliminated on a power-play goal in overtime after blowing a 2-0 lead only made the loss sting more for a team that won 10 of its first 12 games in the bubble. Vegas lost its confidence and then six of its final eight games.