TORONTO - Jack Campbell's first professional win was almost perfect.
Campbell made 32 saves for his first professional victory ? and he came close to recording his first shutout ? in the Texas Stars' 4-2 win over the host Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League action Sunday.
"In between the second and third periods (with the Stars leading 2-0), it went through my head that I might just get my first win and my first shutout," Campbell said. "But as soon as you start thinking like that, they're going to score on you. So I just tried to refocus and take it one shot at a time.
"It was awesome. The guys worked hard in front of me the whole 60 minutes, and with about six minutes left they told me they were going to work even harder so I could get my first win."
Campbell's shutout ended just over three minutes into the third period when Toronto's Marcel Mueller scored.
A first-round draft pick ? 11th overall ? by the NHL's Dallas Stars in 2010, Campbell joined Texas on March 20 after finishing his season in the Ontario Hockey League and lost a 3-1 decision to Oklahoma City in his pro debut Friday.
"It's much faster here compared to junior," said the 20-year-old. "It's been a blessing to play two of the best teams in the conference in my first two games."
Forwards Taylor Vause ??? with his first pro goal in his third AHL game ??? Mike Hedden, Matt Fraser and Francis Wathier, with an empty-netter, scored for the Stars. Texas snapped a six-game losing streak with the win and improved to 28-34-4 on the season.
Vause, an undrafted free agent, had completed his season in the Western Hockey League and signed a contract with Texas on March 19.
Mueller and Greg Scott replied for the Marlies (38-23-7). Texas entered the game as the last-place team in the AHL, while the Marlies sit first in the North Division and second overall in the Western Conference.
Campbell wasn't called upon to make to make many big saves in the first two periods, but he was sharp in the third when Texas was clinging to the lead.
"I've got a lot to work on," he said, "but I'm definitely confident that I can come up here and be one of the best goalies in this league next season."
At the other end, Marlies netminder Jussi Rynnas stopped 18 of 21 shots.
Texas led 1-0 after the first period and the Stars were up 2-0 through 40 minutes.
Vause opened the scoring at 12:27 of the opening frame when he intercepted a pass up the middle by Marlies defenceman Jesse Blacker and whipped a high wristshot over Rynnas' glove.
Hedden scored into a wide-open net at 3:01 of the second period after the puck was redirected during a goal-mouth scramble and Rynnas was trapped on the other side of the crease.
Mueller spoiled Campbell's shutout bid with a wrist shot from the slot at 3:40 of the third period.
Toronto continued to keep the pressure on, but couldn't solve the Stars netminder. Fraser restored Texas' two-goal cushion when he whacked in a rebound during another scramble around Toronto's crease at 14:52. Scott made it 3-2 when he converted a 2-on-1 break at 17:44, but Wathier's empty-netter at 19:44 sealed the win for the Stars.
Texas was 0-for-2 on the power play while Toronto went 0-for-1.