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Texas Stars Playoff Update

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

BEARS EVEN SERIES AFTER 4-2 WIN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

TEXAS HOSTS GAME 5 OF THE CALDER CUP FINALS THIS FRIDAY
SERIES TIED 2-2, GAME 5 STARTS AT 7:30 PM

Garrett Stafford
The Texas Stars were defeated by the Hershey Bears 4-2 on Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd of 7,032 fans at Cedar Park Center in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals. Hershey defenseman John Carlson scored the game-winning goal with 2:08 left in the third period, lifting the Bears over the Stars. Hershey forwards Keith Aucoin, Jay Beagle and Alexandre Giroux each scored a goal, as they tied the best-of-seven series 2-2. Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth (12-4) made 26 saves in the win, while Texas goalie Matt Climie (7-5) stopped 25 of 28 Bears shots. Stars centers Greg Rallo and Perttu Lindgren each notched a goal, and forward Travis Morin added two assists in the defeat at home. Texas will host Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals on Friday night at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center.

SERIES SUBPLOTS
• The last two games at Cedar Park Center have broken the Texas Stars attendance record. Monday night’s Game 3 drew 7,014 and Wednesday night’s Game 4 attracted 7,032 hockey fans.

• When a series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the Calder Cup 17 of 18 times (94.4%).

• Neither the Stars, nor the Bears, have recorded a shutout in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs. Texas recorded 11 in the regular season and Hershey posted four.

Calder Cup Finals – Texas Stars vs. Hershey Bears (best of seven)
Game 1 – Thu., June 3 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
Game 2 – Sat., June 5 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
Game 3 – Mon., June 7 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
Game 4 – Hershey 4 at Texas 2 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5 – Fri., June 11 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
Game 6 – Mon., June 14 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 – Wed., June 16 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*if necessary... All times Central

TICKETS TO THE CALDER CUP FINALS AT CEDAR PARK CENTER
Tickets are going fast for the Calder Cup Finals at Cedar Park Center.  The Stars expect a capacity crowd for Friday night’s game; for pricing and availability, fans 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.

WEAR WHITE and Calder Cup Finals Promotions
The Texas Stars are asking fans to wear WHITE to Cedar Park Center for every home game of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. For Game 5, the first, 5,000 fans will receive a pair of Texas Stars Thundersticks. Cedar Park Center will provide $2.00 domestic drafts and $1.00 hot dogs.

Playoff Format
Four rounds, with each round slated as a best of seven series. The top four teams in each division qualify for playoffs. The teams play within their division for the first two rounds. The division winners will meet in the conference finals. The winner of the Western Conference will play the winner of the Eastern Conference for the Calder Cup. In order to take the Calder Cup, a team must win 16 games.

The Calder Cup
The coveted Calder Cup has been a motivational force for American Hockey League teams throughout the League's 73-year history. It is one of our sport’s greatest challenges and ultimate honors to hoist the Calder Cup in victory.

The trophy is named for Frank Calder, who served as the National Hockey League’s first President from 1917 to 1943. During the 1920’s, Mr. Calder was instrumental in guiding hockey into the mainstream of America’s major cities including Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago, while helping in the formation of the American League.

The Calder Cup trophy itself was actually first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship. (In 1996, George Parsons of the Syracuse Stars was presented the Calder Cup in a ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial, as it is believed the Stars never received a trophy for their 1937 championship.







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