Chicago, IL –
The Texas Stars (5-0) defeated the Chicago Wolves (4-4) 4-3 in overtime on Friday night in front of 3,576 fans at the Allstate Arena. Defenseman Garrett Stafford
scored a power-play goal 2:22 into overtime to give Texas the 4-3 victory. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Texas goalie Brent Krahn
(5-0) made 32 saves in the team’s fifth straight playoff win. Rookie forward Jamie Benn
scored and assisted on the game-winning goal for the Stars. Forwards Colton Sceviour
and Francis Wathier
also scored as Texas improved to 3-0 on the road in the playoffs. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino (4-3) suffered the loss with 24 saves. Wolves forwards Anthony Stewart, Joey Crabb and Jason Krog each scored in the defeat. Game 2 of the West Division Finals is Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM in Chicago.
For their fifth straight playoff game, the Stars opened the scoring as Colton Sceviour
capitalized off a Chicago turnover at 6:34 of the first period. Winger Scott McCulloch sent a pass in behind the Chicago net. The puck bounced off Wolves forward Greg Stewart to the crease and Sceviour worked a backhand shot past Chicago goalie Peter Mannino for the 1-0 lead. The Wolves countered 53 seconds later, as defenseman Arturs Kulda centered the puck from the left-wing Texas corner to the Stars crease. Captain Jason Krog redirected the pass between the legs of Texas goalie Brent Krahn for his third goal of the playoffs. Krog’s goal came at 7:27 and closed out the first-period scoring at 1-1.
The Stars claimed their second lead of the night, scoring 1:43 into the second period. Texas worked the puck along the blue-line and defenseman Maxime Fortunus
blasted a shot to the Chicago net. Left wing Francis Wathier
tipped the shot past Mannino for his first goal of the playoffs and a 2-1 Texas lead. The Wolves countered at 6:36 with the first power-play goal of the series. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick worked the puck down the right-wing wall and snapped a pass to the Texas crease. Camped out in front of the net, Anthony Stewart redirected the puck past Brent Krahn for his fourth goal of the playoffs and a 2-2 game.
Texas took its third lead of the game just 16 seconds into the third period. Stars forward Jamie Benn
collected a rebound off a
shot and snapped in his fourth goal of the playoffs to give Texas a 3-2 lead. The Wolves answered late off a face-off in the Stars zone. Forward Joey Crabb stole the puck from a Stars defender and snapped a quick wrist shot past Brent Krahn
for the 3-3 tie with 5:35 to go in regulation.
In overtime, the Stars took advantage of their fourth power play of the night after Chicago Captain Jason Krog was whistled for high-sticking 1:06 into overtime. The Stars capitalized with 43 seconds left on the extra-man advantage. Defenseman Garrett Stafford
ripped a shot from the point that blistered through traffic and into the back of the Chicago net for the 4-3 win at 2:22. West Division Finals Schedule (best of seven)Game 1 – Texas 4 at Chicago 3 (OT) (TEX leads series 1-0)
Game 2 - Sun., May 2 – Texas at Chicago, 3:00 p.m.
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. - X
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
Texas and Chicago continue the West Division Finals at Allstate Arena with Game 2 scheduled for Sunday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM. The best-of-seven series will then shift to Cedar Park Center for Games 3 and 4. 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. If necessary, Game 5 will also be at Cedar Park Center on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. Chicago will host Games 6 and 7 if they are needed. Game 6 is slated for Sunday, May 9 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
-- The Idaho Steelheads scored the first four goals against the Stockton Thunder, and the total proved to be enough as Idaho held on for a 4-2 victory in Game One of the National Conference Finals. Richard Bachman
improved to 5-0-0 in the playoffs, and stopped 29 of 32 Stockton shots for the win and Mathieu Tousignant
added his first goal of the playoffs.
-- Things are all even in the CHL Cup Finals as the visiting Rapid City Rush come-from-behind to win Game 4 by a 4-2 final over the Allen Americans on Friday in the Allen Event Center. Game 5 will be at 7:30pm on Saturday night in Allen, the final home game of the season for the expansion Americans who will be offering $2 beer, $2 hot dogs, and free thundersticks to the first 2000 fans in attendance.