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

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 8:15 PM CT / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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