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Texas Stars eliminated from playoffs with 5-1 loss to Oklahoma City

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Texas Stars are out of the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs. The Oklahoma City Barons finished off the Stars in the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night, defeating Texas 5-1 at Cox Convention Center to take the series 4-1.

The Stars, who were the top team in the Western Conference during the regular season and the South Division champions, were outscored 16-4 by the Barons over the final three games of the series.

Oklahoma City will move onto the Western Conference Finals to take on either Grand Rapids or Toronto.

The Stars had a 12-8 shots advantage in the first period, but the Barons scored the only goal of the first 20 minutes. It came with 2:39 left when Teemu Hartikainen scored off a shot from just below the left faceoff circle.

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