Morin’s Goal Lifts Texas Stars to 3-2 Victory, 2-1 Series Lead

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 7:29 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Morin\u2019s Goal Lifts Texas Stars to 3-2 Victory, 2-1 Series Lead

Travis Morin’s goal with 8:46 left in regulation propelled the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday night at Ricoh Coliseum. The Stars now lead the series 2-1.

Morin, who snapped an eight-game goal scoring drought with an empty-net goal in Texas’ win on Monday, poked home the rebound of a Brendan Ranford shot to snap a 2-2 tie.

Patrik Nemeth and Kevin Henderson also scored for Texas. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 20 of 22 shots.

The loss was the first at home for Toronto in this season’s playoffs and their second straight overall after opening the postseason with eight straight wins.

Game 4 of the series is Thursday night in Toronto.

Toronto tallied the only goal of the first period, scoring first for the third straight game in the series. After an offensive zone faceoff win, Marlies defenseman T.J. Brennan scored off a slap shot from the high slot at the 9:16 mark to put Toronto up 1-0.

The Stars tied the game at 3:16 of the second with a goal off the rush. Taylor Peters dropped the puck off to Nemeth, who scored from the left point as Radek Faksa screened Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

The Stars took their first lead of the night at 6:59 of the third when Brett Ritchie put a shot on net from the slot that was going wide, but Henderson redirected it past MacIntyre to put the Stars up 2-1.

Toronto answered less than four minutes later when Brennan scored his second of the night, beating Nilstorp with a shot from the left circle at the 10:15 mark to make it a 2-2 game.

The Stars took the lead for good when Jamie Oleksiak stole the puck in the neutral zone, carried it into the Toronto zone and set up Ranford, who put the puck on net and Morin knocked the rebound home to put Texas up 3-2 at the 11:14 mark.

The Stars held that lead the rest of the way, giving them a 2-1 series lead head into Thursday’s game.

Notes

* The Stars, who hit the 50 shot mark in each of the first two games, had a 30-22 advantage on the shot clock in Wednesday’s game.

*Travis Morin and Kevin Henderson led the Stars with five shots each.

*Patrik Nemeth scored his first AHL playoff goal in the game.

*Texas was 0-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

*Texas signed Dallas goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers to a second amateur tryout contract on Wednesday. With Jack Campbell still out with an injury, Desrosiers will serve as the team’s No. 3 goaltender behind Cristopher Nilstorp and Josh Robinson.

*Campbell, Justin Dowling and Toby Petersen remain out for the Stars due to injury.

Texas lineup

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Mike Hedden – Dustin JeffreyScott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Chris MuellerBrett Ritchie
Taylor PetersRadek FaksaMatej Stransky

Jamie OleksiakCameron Gaunce
Patrik NemethJyrki Jokipakka
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus

Cristopher Nilstorp
Josh Robinson

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 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
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C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
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