Chandler Stephenson scores first career Stanley Cup playoff overtime winner

Chandler Stephenson (Jenn G, Wikimedia Commons)

Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan scored his first career National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoff overtime winner on Sunday. He accomplished the feat at 1:12 of the extra period in a 3-2 Golden Knights win over the Dallas Stars in game two of the Western Conference Finals from T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. With the victory, the Golden Knights have taken a two games to none lead in the best out of seven series.

Two Canadians picked up assists on the Stephenson overtime winner. They were Shea Theodore of Langley, British Columbia and Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stephenson, Stone and Jonathan Marchessault of Cap-Rouge, Quebec all had multi-point games for Vegas, as they led the Golden Knights in scoring with two points each.

Stephenson meanwhile is trying to win his second career Stanley Cup. He was with the Washington Capitals in 2018.

In the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephenson has seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games. He is a +1 with 18 penalty minutes, one power-play goal, three game-winning goals, 19 shots on goal, 113 faceoff wins, seven blocked shots, 20 hits, 12 takeaways, and five giveaways. Stephenson’s three game winners are the most in the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs. He is tied with Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe of Toronto, Ontario, Panthers winger Matt Tkachuk and Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski. All three of Tkachuk’s game-winners have been in overtime.

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