The Dallas Stars looked to keep their championship hopes alive in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, while the Texas Rangers began a series in Detroit.
Here is what happened on the ice, on the field, and behind the scenes.
Dallas Stars (Vegas wins series 4-2)
Last Game: Vegas Golden Knights 6, Stars 0
Vegas’ aggressive play set the tempo as Dallas was shut out for the second time this series and eliminated from the playoffs. The Golden Knights scored three goals in the first period and outshot Dallas 16-7 early. Dallas had a chance to climb back in the game with a power play in the second but failed to convert, and Vegas added three more goals to end the Stars’ season in Game 6.
Noteworthy: Vegas advances to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers.
— The Stars are 1-1 in the playoff series against Vegas, both in the Conference Finals.
Goaltender Jake Oettinger is 4-2 in his NHL career in elimination games.
Next Up: The Stars enter the offseason.
Texas Rangers (34-19, first in American League West)
Last Game: Rangers 5, Detroit Tigers 0
Nathan Eovaldi only lasted five innings because of a high pitch count, but the Rangers blanked the Tigers in the first game of a three-game series in Detroit. Corey Seager broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a three-run homer and added an RBI single in the seventh, while Marcus Semien added a sacrifice fly.
Noteworthy: Texas is 34-19 for the first time since 1996 and holds the second-best record in the MLB behind the Tampa Bay Rays.
— Semien extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the top of the ninth.
— Seager is hitting .311 since coming off the injured list earlier this month with four home runs and 19 RBIs. He has a hit in six consecutive games.
— Before Monday’s game, the Rangers optioned pitcher Cody Bradford to Triple-A Round Rock and selected the contract of pitcher Grant Anderson from Triple-A. The team also designated pitcher Ricky Vanasco for assignment.
Next Up: Rangers at Tigers (25-27), 5:40 p.m. CT Tuesday.