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

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 8:59 AM CT / 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 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

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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