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Texas Caps Off Comeback With 3-2 Overtime Win

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars (2-1) defeated the Milwaukee Admirals (1-2) 3-2 in overtime of Game 3 of the West Division Semifinal on Tuesday night in front 5,320 fans at Cedar Park Center. Center Travis Morin scored the game-winning goal at 8:44 of overtime to give the Stars a victory and a 2-1 series lead. Defenseman Brad Lukowich scored the game-tying goal with 21 seconds left in the third period to force the extra session.

Defenseman Philip Larsen started the rally at 4:09 of the third as the Stars erased a two-goal deficit in the last five minutes. Morin finished with three points after setting up the first two goals of the night. Texas goalie Richard Bachman (2-1) stopped 21 shots in the win. Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith (1-2) made 37 saves in the defeat. Forwards Chris Mueller and Gabriel Bourque each scored a goal for the Admirals. The series remains at Cedar Park Center for Game 4 at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.

Milwaukee struck early in the first period with a goal by right wing Chris Mueller at 3:36. Defensemen Grant Lewis and Scott Ford each registered an assist on the play for the 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second period, Milwaukee stretched its lead to 2-0 as Gabriel Bourque beat Bachman just 34 seconds into the third period. Defensemen Teemu Laasko and Roman Josi each supplied an assist on the second goal of the night. Defenseman Philip Larsen notched the first goal for Texas at 15:51 on the power play. Forwards Ray Sawada and Travis Morin helped set up the goal as the Stars cut into the Admirals lead at 2-1. Stars defenseman Brad Lukowich scored the game-tying goal with just 21 seconds left in regulation. Forwards Greg Rallo and Travis Morin each provided an assist for the 2-2 tally and overtime.

Travis Morin scored the game-winning goal for Texas 8:44 into overtime. Defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Brenden Dillon helped set up the play and push the Stars past the Admirals 3-2, taking a 2-1 series lead. Morin redirected a shot by Fortunus with 11:16 left in the first overtime.

West Division Semifinal (best of seven)
Texas and Milwaukee

Game 1: Texas 2 at Milwaukee 5
Game 2: Texas 3 at Milwaukee 1
Game 3: Milwaukee 2 at Texas 3 OT (Texas leads 2-1)
Game 4: Milwaukee at Texas on Wed., April 20 at 7:30 PM
Game 5: Milwaukee at Texas on Fri., April 22 at 7:30 PM
Game 6: Texas at Milwaukee on Mon., April 25 at 7:00 PM -X
Game 7: Texas at Milwaukee on Tues., April 26 at 7:00 PM -X
X - If Necessary

The Texas Stars will host Game 4 on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center and Game 5 is Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM. Both remaining home games will be 3-2-1 nights, with $3.00 domestic drafts, $2.00 sodas and $1.00 hot dogs. The best of seven series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 6 and Game 7 if needed.

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