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Texas Stars Fall at Grand Rapids, Series Lead Cut to 2-1

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 9:59 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Fall at Grand Rapids, Series Lead Cut to 2-1
The Texas Stars suffered their first loss of the postseason, falling 5-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena in Michigan Tuesday night.

The Texas Stars suffered their first loss of the postseason, falling 5-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena in Michigan Tuesday night. The loss left the Stars with a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Tomas Jurco scored three goals for the Griffins, who made the most of their opportunities by scoring five times on 22 shots. Goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 35 of 37 shots for Grand Rapids, which bounced back after losing the first two games of the series in Texas by a combined score of 9-2.

Grand Rapids built a 2-0 lead in the first period and then scored three more times in the second to take a 5-0 lead into the third.

Mike Hedden and Brendan Ranford scored for Texas, which fell to 5-1 in postseason play. Jack Campbell got the start in goal for the Stars, was pulled in the second period with Texas down 4-0 and then was put back in to start the third period with the Stars trailing 5-0. He ended up stopping 15 of 19 shots. Cristopher Nilstorp, who played 11:37 in the second period, stopped two of three shots.

Jurco scored twice in the first period to give the Griffins early control of the game. He won a puck battle behind the goal line, took the puck to the net and tallied on a wrap-around 7:06 into the game. He scored again from close range off a nice cross-ice pass from Riley Sheahan with Grand Rapids on the power play at the 13:44 mark to give Grand Rapids a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Andrej Nestrasil scored 25 seconds into the second period and Teemu Pulkkinen scored off a blast from the point at the 8:23 mark of the second to chase Campbell from the net temporarily. With Nilstorp in goal, Jurco scored from close range to make it 5-0 going into the final period.

Campbell was back in the net to start the third, and Hedden and Ranford scored goals in a 3:23 span early in the period to give the Stars some life. Texas had a power play just 20 seconds after Ranford scored, but couldn’t cash in and it stayed a 5-2 game the rest of the way.

Game 4 of the series is Wednesday night in Grand Rapids.

Notes

*The Stars had given up just eight goals in five playoff games before surrendering five in Tuesday night’s game.

*Texas had a 37-22 shots advantage in the game.

*Defenseman Patrik Nemeth led the Stars with eight shots on goal.

*Brendan Ranford extended his goal scoring streak to five games with his tally Tuesday night. Ranford is tied for the lead in AHL playoff goal scoring with six.

*Grand Rapids was 1-6 on the power play. Texas was 0-4 on the power play.

Stars lineup

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Dustin JeffreyChris MuellerScott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Justin Dowling – Mike Hedden
Toby PetersenRadek FaksaMatej Stransky

Patrik NemethJyrki Jokipakka
Jamie OleksiakCameron Gaunce
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus

Jack Campbell
Cristopher Nilstorp

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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