Mueller’s OT Goal Gives Texas Stars 3-2 Series Lead

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 9:30 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Mueller\u2019s OT Goal Gives Texas Stars 3-2 Series Lead

Advantage Texas Stars. Chris Mueller’s goal 3:18 into overtime lifted the Stars to a 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday night at Van Andel Arena in Michigan. The Stars now have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Mueller took a pass from Kevin Henderson off the rush and beat Griffins goaltender Peter Mrazek with a blast from the right circle to move the Stars to within one victory of advancing to the next round.

Game 6 of the series is Sunday in Cedar Park.

Mike Hedden and Brendan Ranford scored in regulation for Texas. Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped 34 of 36 shots before leaving the game late in the third period due to an injury. Cristopher Nilstorp took over and stopped all four shots, including three in overtime, to pick up the victory.

Hedden opened the scoring in the game, tallying on the power play when he tipped in a Jyrki Jokipakka shot 6:36 into the game to put the Stars up 1-0. Just 59 seconds later, Curtis McKenzie backhanded the puck from behind the goal line to Ranford, who scored from the top of the crease to put the Stars up 2-0.

Grand Rapids outshot the Stars 16-7 in the second period and scored twice to tie the game. Mitch Callahan scored on the power play at the 11:27 mark, tipping in a Tomas Jurco shot to make it a 2- 1 game. The Griffins pulled even late in the period. A couple minutes after Campbell stopped Xavier Ouellet on a penalty shot, Teemu Pulkkinen scored off a blast from the right circle to tie the game with 2:03 left in the period.

Grand Rapids had a 16-11 shots advantage in a scoreless third period. Campbell made 15 of those saves, but left the game with 1:59 remaining after making a sharp stop on Grand Rapids forward Cory Emmerton. Nilstorp took over and played into overtime, where Mueller delivered the game-winner for Texas.

Notes

*Stars center Justin Dowling left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

*Texas forward Toby Petersen did not play Friday due to injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Derek Hulak.

*Texas forward Brendan Ranford scored his seventh goal of the playoffs. Ranford is tied for the AHL playoff lead in goal scoring.

*Texas forward Mike Hedden extended his playoff points streak to six games (three goals, three assists).

*Grand Rapids outshot Texas 40-29 in the game.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.

Texas lineup

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Dustin JeffreyChris Mueller – Kevin Henderson
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Scott Glennie
Derek Hulak – Radek FaksaMatej Stransky

Jyrki JokipakkaPatrik Nemeth
Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Hubert LabrieMaxime Fortunus

Jack Campbell
Cristopher Nilstorp

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
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K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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