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Watch: Stars score first home goal of WCF with spectacular Jason Robertson swat-in

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Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) knocks the puck into the air from the glove of Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) before scoring as the puck came back down during the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference finals at the American Airlines Center on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

By R.J. Coyle

8:21 PM on May 25, 2023 CDT — Updated at 11:52 PM on May 25, 2023 CDT

The Dallas Stars aren't quite dead yet.

After a night of embarrassment in Game 3, the Stars and their 0-3 deficit took to the ice for Thursday night's Game 4 — and once again got off to a less-than-ideal start.

Las Vegas' William Karlsson got the Golden Knights on the board early into the game with a tip-in goal to give his side a 1-0 lead, the seventh consecutive goal Vegas had scored in the series.

With American Airlines Center leaning towards the quiet side, it was Stars forward Jason Robertson who, for the first time this series, gave the home Stars fans something to cheer about.

Related:Joe Pavelski's overtime winner staves off Stars' elimination, sends WCF back to Las Vegas

With Dallas on the power play, Robertson planted himself in front of the Vegas net and fielded a pass from defenseman Miro Heiskanen. Robertson batted the puck up in the air and behind Knights goalie Adin Hill, then smacked it into the net for Dallas' first goal in 117 minutes of play.

Robertson, the Stars' regular-season scoring leader who earlier in the playoffs had been in a bonafide goal drought, has scored three goals in the Western Conference finals. That's half of the Stars' six they've scored in the series. A streaking Jason Robertson would certainly help Dallas climb the mountain that is their 0-3 deficit to Vegas.

Robertson added another game-tying goal in the second period, and was on the ice for Joe Pavelski's overtime winner that extended the series to a fifth game.

Twitter: @coylio33

R.J. Coyle, Digital sports producer. R.J. works on the sports desk as a digital producer after having originally joined the DMN as a college blogger and high school football freelancer. He graduated from UT-Arlington in 2019 where he worked for the student publication 'The Shorthorn.'

Robert.Coyle@dallasnews.com @coylio33

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