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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars' impressive run ends in Game 7 loss

Toronto cruises past Texas 6-1 in the deciding game to win the AHL championship series

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars had a great run in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs -- a run that took them all the way to Game 7 of the championship series against the Toronto Marlies, the top team in the league.

But the run ended in disappointment Thursday as the Marlies won Game 7 and the Calder Cup with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Stars at Ricoh Coliseum.

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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars defeat Toronto, force Game 7

McKenna stops 43 shots as five different Texas players score in a 5-2 victory

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went to Toronto with one goal: Get the Calder Cup Finals to a seventh and deciding game.

Mission accomplished.

Mike McKenna stopped 43 shots, and five different Texas players scored goals as the Stars defeated the Toronto Marlies, 5-2, Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 Thursday night in Toronto.

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Calder Cup Finals: Marlies blow by Texas, take 3-2 series lead

Toronto strikes for two quick goals early on its way to a 6-2 romp over Dallas' AHL affiliate in Game 5

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Texas Stars have their backs against the wall in the Calder Cup Finals after stumbling in a crucial Game 5 on Saturday night in Cedar Park and falling, 6-2, to the Toronto Marlies.

The Marlies lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, and with the series now shifting to Toronto, the Stars will need to win two straight on the road to bring home the Calder Cup.

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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars take Game 4, knot series

McKenzie scores twice as Texas' top line comes up big in a 3-2 win over Toronto

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Calder Cup Finals is now down to a best-of-three.

Justin Dowling's tiebreaking goal midway through the third period lifted the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Thursday night at H-E-B Center, tying the AHL's Championship series at 2-2.

Game 5 is Saturday in Cedar Park.

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Calder Cup Finals: Marlies edge Stars to grab 2-1 series lead

Dries scores, but Texas struggles to generate offense in a 2-1 loss in Cedar Park

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals looked a lot like Game 2. It was tightly played and low scoring.

The only difference was that the Toronto Marlies came out on top this time, defeating the Texas Stars, 2-1, at H-E-B Center on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AHL's championship series.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Cedar Park.

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Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars even series with Toronto on late goal

Bayreuther's third-period winner lifts Dallas' AHL affiliate to a 2-1 victory in Game 2

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Calder Cup Finals between the Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies is now a best-of-five, and the Stars have home-ice advantage after winning, 2-1, at Ricoh Coliseum Sunday to even the AHL championship series 1-1.

The next three games of the series are in Cedar Park, starting with Game 3 Tuesday night.

"This is a big win for our group tonight, getting a split in Toronto, especially after [losing Game 1] when having a 4-2 lead," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told media after the game. "We're settling into the series now, every game is going to have its own story and tonight was a different story."

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Calder Cup Finals: Marlies rally past Texas Stars to take Game 1

Dallas' AHL affiliate can't hold its 4-2 lead, falling 6-5 in a wild series opener in Toronto

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Heading into the Calder Cup Finals, Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal compared the Toronto Marlies to a 2019 Corvette and his team to a 1966 Mustang. Game 1 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Saturday was quite the wild ride. 

Texas jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but the Marlies roared back for a 6-5 victory and a 1-0 series lead in the AHL's championship series. Game 2 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

"Give them credit for battling back. It's not too often you see a 6-5 game in the final series," said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. "It's Game 1. We get a chance to see Toronto, and they get a chance to see us. I am sure both coaches are going to make adjustments, and we'll get ready for [Sunday]."

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Calder Cup Finals preview: Texas Stars ready to 'embrace the moment'

Texas faces a tough test in Toronto as it seeks its second AHL championship in five years

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Three series down and one to go.

The Texas Stars aim to win their second Calder Cup in five years when they take on the Toronto Marlies in the AHL's championship series beginning Saturday in Canada.

And the Stars will face a big test in the Marlies, the regular season champions and a team that has gone 11-2 in winning their first three series including nine straight wins heading into Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.

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They did it! Hintz propels Texas Stars to Calder Cup Finals

Texas tops Rockford for the Western Conference title in OT, will play Toronto for the AHL championship

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are headed to the AHL's Calder Cup Finals for the third time in the team's nine-season history. Roope Hintz scored with 8.5 seconds left in overtime to give the Texas Stars a 2-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs Monday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Cedar Park Center.

"Western Conference champs, it feels great," Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal told reporters after the game. "Our guys have been warriors through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Our guys have battled and persevered and found a way."

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Rolling Texas Stars take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference Finals

Dallas' AHL affiliate snags the first two games from Rockford, pushing its playoff win streak to six games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are two wins away from the AHL's Calder Cup Finals after taking the first two games of the Western Conference Finals at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park over the weekend.

The Stars defeated Rockford, 4-2, in the first game of the series on Friday night and won the second game, 3-2, in overtime Sunday to take a 2-0 series lead over IceHogs, who had swept through the first two rounds of the postseason with a with a 7-0 record.

The Stars, who are 9-2 in the postseason, have won their last six games. The series now shifts to Rockford where Games 3, 4, and 5 are scheduled.

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