Vegas Golden Knights center Brett Howden of Oakbank, Manitoba scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff overtime winner on Friday. He accomplished the feat 4-3 Vegas Golden Knights win over the Dallas Stars. With the win at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, the Golden Knights took a one game lead in the best out of seven series in the Western Conference Finals.
Howden scored the game-winner from Golden Knights captain Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Chandler Stephenson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in an all-Canadian goal at 1:35 of the extra period. Zach Whitecloud of Brandon, Manitoba led the Golden Knights in scoring with two points as he had two assists.
In the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Howden has three goals and three assists for six points in 12 games. He is a +4 with 19 penalty minutes, one game-winning goal, 16 shots on goal, seven faceoff wins, eight blocked shots, 37 hits, three takeaways, and one giveaway.
This was the second time in Howden’s career he has played in the playoffs. He played three games with the New York Rangers in 2020.
Game two of the series takes place in Vegas on Sunday before the series shifts to Dallas next week. This is a big time for Texas hockey, as there is a belief that the Arizona Coyotes might move to Texas after the Tempe community rejected a new arena deal this week.