Chicago, IL –
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in overtime on Sunday in front of 3,732 fans at the Allstate Arena. Chicago’s Anthony Stewart scored his second goal of the night at 12:21 of the second overtime to lift the Wolves over the Stars and tie the best of seven series 1-1. Texas scored twice in the last eight minutes of play to erase a two-goal deficit, including a goal with 54 seconds remaining to force overtime in Game 2 of the West Division Finals. Stars goalie Brent Krahn
(5-1) made 42 saves in his first loss of the playoffs. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino (5-3) picked up the win with 35 saves for the Wolves. Stars forwards Warren Peters
and Aaron Gagnon
each scored in a game that lasted 92:21, the longest in the team’s short history. Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson scored a goal and added an assist in the first road loss of the post-season. With the Chicago win, the series will stretch to at least five games, with the next three at Cedar Park Center. Game 3 of the West Division Finals is Tuesday at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center.
For the first time in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Texas Stars surrendered the first goal of the game. At 8:36 of the first period, Chicago held the puck in the Texas zone for a lengthy cycle, working the puck to the left point for Arturs Kulda. The Chicago defenseman blasted a shot from the blue-line to the Texas net. Wolves forward Spencer Machacek tipped the shot, beating goalie Brent Krahn
for his third goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Wolves lead.
The two teams traded goals in the second period, starting with Chicago scoring 3:51 into the middle frame. Off a face-off in the Texas zone, Wolves defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy fired a shot to the net that was tipped by center Jason Krog. The puck redirected past Krahn for Krog’s fourth goal of the playoffs and a 2-0 Chicago lead. Texas countered late in the second period with 1:14 left in the frame. Right wing Greg Rallo worked a give-n-go with defenseman Andrew Hutchinson into the Chicago zone. Rallo snapped a shot to the net that was blocked by Peter Mannino. The rebound bounced in the crease and Stars center Aaron Gagnon
poked the puck into the net for his first goal of the playoffs at 18:46, trimming the Wolves lead to 2-1.
In the third period, Chicago expanded its lead to 3-1 after Anthony Stewart snapped a loose puck into the Texas net, finishing off a Wolves power play just 92 seconds into the period. Brett Sterling and Tim Stapleton set up Chicago’s third tally of the night at 1:32. The Stars cut the Chicago lead to 3-2 at 11:57 of the third period. Captain Landon Wilson set up behind the Wolves net, dropping a pass to the bottom of the left-wing circle. Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson ripped a one-timer past Mannino for his third goal of the playoffs and a 3-2 score. The Stars pulled Krahn for the extra attacker with 1:30 left in regulation. Texas tied the game off a scramble in the Chicago slot with under a minute to go. Center Warren Peters
snapped the puck to the Chicago net. Goalie Peter Mannino made the initial save, but the puck trickled in behind him for the game-tying goal. Left wing Francis Wathier
set up the goal that forced overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, Chicago finally broke the drought and ended the game. Anthony Stewart jammed a puck loose from the pads of Krahn and the puck trickled in behind the Stars goalie for the game-winning goal with 7:39 left in the second overtime. Brett Sterling and Vishnevskiy were given credit for the assist on the game-winning goal at 12:21, the sixth of the playoffs for Stewart. West Division Finals Schedule (best of seven)Game 1 - Texas 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 3 at Chicago 4 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3 - Tue., May 4 – Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 - Wed., May 5 - Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 - Fri., May 7 - Chicago at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 - Sun., May 9 - Texas at Chicago, 3:00 p.m. - X
Game 7 - Tues., May 11 – Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m. -XX = If Necessary
The best-of-seven series shifts to Cedar Park Center for Games 3, 4 and 5. The Stars will host the Wolves on Tuesday, May 4th at 7:30 PM in Game 3. Texas will also host Game 4 on Wednesday, May 5th at 7:30 PM. Game 5 will be at Cedar Park Center on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. If necessary, Chicago will host Games 6 and 7. Game 6 is slated for Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM and Game 7 on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 PM.
To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at ticketmaster.com.
2010-11 Season ticket packages to see the Stars play in their second season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com
. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.STARGAZING
-- Richard Bachman
and the Idaho Steelheads’ penalty killing were perfect in game two of the ECHL's National Conference Final Saturday night, as the Steelheads blanked the Stockton Thunder 4-0 and now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 as the teams shift to Northern California for game three on Wednesday. Bachman stopped 28 shots for his first professional playoff shutout; he is now 6-0-0 in the postseason.