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Texas Stars Fall in OT, Eliminated From AHL Playoffs

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Texas Stars saw their season come to an end Wednesday night. Rockford defenseman Stephen Johns scored 23 seconds into overtime as the IceHogs completed a three-game sweep of the Stars with a 3-2 victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The Stars, the defending Calder Cup champions, were swept in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Rockford advanced to the second round for the first time since 2008.

Devin Shore and Scott Glennie scored for Texas. Jussi Rynnas stopped 38 of 41 shots. Phillip Danault scored two goals for Rockford and goaltender Michael Leighton made 39 saves.

The IceHogs, who outshot the Stars 18-12 in the first 20 minutes, grabbed the early lead when Danault scored off a Mark McNeill centering pass 3:43 into the game. But Shore scored on a shot from the slot with 38 seconds before the first intermission to tie the game 1-1.

The Stars had a 17-13 shots advantage in the second period and Glennie put Texas up 2-1, stretching out to put a rebound past Leighton with 1:19 left in the period.

But Danault scored the equalizer midway through the third, putting the puck into the net as he was falling down and facing away from the Dallas goal at the 9:51 mark.

That set the stage for overtime, where Johns picked off a pass in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing, circled behind the net and then scored on a wrap-around to send the IceHogs to the second round of the playoffs and send the Stars into the offseason.

Notes

*Texas became the first defending Calder Cup champion to get swept in the first round since Houston lost in a best-of-three qualifier series vs. Cincinnati in 2004.

*Both teams had 41 shots in the game.

*Brett Ritchie led the Stars with seven shots on goal.

*Texas was 0-2 on the power play Wednesday 1-9 in the series.

*Rockford was 0-3 on the power play Wednesday and 3-13 in the series.

*Julius Honka, Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie led the Stars in playoff scoring with two points each.

Texas Stars lineup

Curtis McKenzieTravis MorinBrendan Ranford

Derek Hulak – Justin DowlingBrett Ritchie

Scott GlennieDevin Shore – Greg Rallo

Kevin Henderson – Jason DickinsonMatej Stransky

Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech

Cameron GaunceMaxime Fortunus

Patrik NemethJulius Honka

Jussi Rynnas

Jack Campbell

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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