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Texas Stars Top Toronto 2-1, Take 3-2 Lead in Western Conference Finals

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 9:15 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Top Toronto 2-1, Take 3-2 Lead in Western Conference Finals
The Texas Stars moved to within one win of the Calder Cup Finals, defeating Toronto 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Texas Stars moved to within one win of the Calder Cup Finals, defeating Toronto 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Ricoh Coliseum.

The Stars lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Monday night in Cedar Park.

Taylor Peters scored the game-winning goal for the Stars, putting home the rebound of a Matej Stransky shot to snap a 1-1 tie with 10:58 remaining in regulation.

Scott Glennie also scored for Texas. Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 17 of 18 shots to improve to 8-3 in the postseason.

The Stars had a 17-5 shots advantage in the first period, but the Marlies scored the only goal and it came on their first shot. A Spencer Abbott centering pass deflected off the stick of Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth and past Nilstorp to give Toronto a 1-0 lead 41 seconds into the game.

The Stars had their chances in the first. Dustin Jeffrey hit a post and the Stars had three power play opportunities, but couldn’t take advantage.

Texas’ penalty kill came up big in the second, thwarting a 1:35 Toronto five-on-three power play to keep it a one-goal game. And just 20 seconds after the penalty kill, the Stars scored to tie the game.

As the Stars controlled play in the Toronto zone, Glennie jumped on the ice during a line change, took a pass from Derek Meech and scored off a shot from the left circle to make it a 1-1 game at 11:10 of the second period.

The Stars tallied the game-winner midway through the third when Stransky put a shot on net off the rush, Peters won a battle for the rebound and backhanded the puck past Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre at the 9:02 mark of the third.

The Marlies pulled MacIntyre late in the game for the extra attacker, but could not get the equalizer and now the series shifts back to Cedar Park with the Stars holding a 3-2 lead.

Notes

*The Stars outshot the Marlies 33-18.

*Dustin Jeffrey and Curtis McKenzie led the Stars with four shots on goal each.

*Stars forward Scott Glennie has three goals over the last four games and a total of four goals in 13 playoff games.

*Stars forward Taylor Peters scored his first Calder Cup playoff goal.

*Toronto’s Spencer Abbott has scored four goals over the last two games.

*The Marlies have scored first in all 12 of their playoff games.

*Texas was 0-4 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

Texas Stars lineup

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

Patrik NemethJyrki Jokipakka
Jamie OleksiakCameron Gaunce
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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 65 23 38 -3 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 65 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 51 10 25 4 35
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 62 15 15 -1 30
A. Goligoski 65 3 24 3 27
A. Hemsky 59 9 17 -9 26
A. Roussel 63 12 12 -12 24
S. Horcoff 61 9 14 3 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .905 2.98
J. Enroth 14 25 2 .901 3.26
 
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