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"Is Home Ice Advantage Overrated? A Look at the Knights' 4-2 Loss to the Stars"

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Game 4 between the Vegas Golden Knights and the visiting Dallas Stars was quite intense and physical from the very start. Vegas came with hit after hit, which got the home crowd going early. It's interesting to see the momentum swing in favor of the road teams in this series, with both Vegas and Dallas securing victories away from home. Tonight, a 4-2 victory for the Stars.

Now, on the positive side of things. Getting a goal in the playoffs is always a big moment for any player, and for Michael Amadio of the Knights, to do it after getting his first start of these playoffs, must have been especially satisfying. With a little over 3 mins left in the 1st period Amadio got the game started with what would be Vegas's only lead of the night, 1-0. The Stars would score just a few mins later with a beautiful yet weird goal by Evgenii Dadonov.

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The key for the Vegas Golden Knights will be to maintain their intensity and focus for the full 60 minutes of play, as mentioned by Jonathan Marchessault. Consistency throughout the entire game will be crucial for them to secure a win in Game 5 and beyond. I spoke to Jonathan Marchessault after the game,

“There is one guy that shows up every night and that’s Logan.” Said Marchessault.

So the question now becomes, who else will continue to step up and move forward for the Vegas Golden Knights in this series? As for Marchessault, he finished with 7 shots, yet couldn't find the back of the net tonight.

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For the Vegas Golden Knights, despite the loss, there are still positives to take away from the game. The team showed a different physicality and intensity right from the start, which is something they can build on moving forward. Additionally, the recognition of Logan Thompson's consistent performance can serve as motivation for the team to rally around their goaltender and elevate their own game.

Moving forward.

When it was all said and done, the Vegas Golden Knights came up with an effort of 30 minutes, but totally forgot that they had 30 more to play to finish out the game. Moral of the story, finish the game the way you started it.

Game 5 of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars will be this Wednesday night in Dallas, 4:30pm puck drop. 

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