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Texas Stars Stay Alive With 3-2 OT Win

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

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Hamilton, ONT, Canada – The Texas Stars defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime on Monday night in front of 2,613 fans at Copps Coliseum in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Center Aaron Gagnon scored the game-winning goal 18:32 into overtime, tying the best-of-seven series 3-3 and forcing Game 7 on Wednesday night in Hamilton. Goalie Matt Climie (4-3) made 51 saves, including 28 in the third period and overtime combined to preserve the overtime victory. Bulldogs goaltender Curtis Sanford (5-3) stopped 35 Texas shots in his third overtime loss of the playoffs. All of Sanford's overtime losses in the playoffs have been to Texas. Stars forward Scott McCulloch and defenseman Garrett Stafford also scored in the win. Game 7 will be in Hamilton on Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30 PM (CT).


In the first period, Hamilton opened the scoring with a goal at 16:58. Hunter Bishop played the puck to the net from the right-wing circle and Climie made the initial save, but could not control the rebound. Bulldogs’ forward Gabriel Dumont scooped up the rebound and backhanded the puck past Climie for his second goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Hamilton lead.

In the second period, the Stars countered with a power-play goal at 9:04, tying the game 1-1. Texas worked the puck with quick passes from Perttu Lindgren to Travis Morin, who finally set up Stafford in front of the Hamilton net. The Stars defensman snapped his third of the playoffs over the glove of Bulldogs goalie Curtis Sanford for the Stars goal. Hamilton would score a power-play goal of its own before the end of the period. Bulldogs winger Brock Trotter found defenseman Shawn Belle in front of the Texas net. Belle fired a wrist shot at 17:51 past the outreached glove of Climie, scoring his first of the playoffs and pushing Hamilton back in front 2-1.

In the third period, Texas tied the game 2-2 at 5:56. Right wing Greg Rallo pitched the puck to the Hamilton net as left wing Scott McCulloch snuck down the wing towards the Bulldogs net. McCulloch redirected the puck past Curtis Sanford for his second goal of the playoffs. Morin added an assist on the play that tied the game and forced sudden-death overtime.

Texas broke through with 1:28 left on the clock in overtime for the win. Jamie Benn played the puck to the Hamilton net, the puck rolled behind goalie Curtis Sanford to the goal-line. Texas center Aaron Gagnon reached and poked the puck over the line for his sixth goal of the playoffs and a 3-2 overtime win for Texas at 18:32.

Western Conference Finals Schedule
Game 1 - Texas 2 at Hamilton 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 1 at Hamilton 3
Game 3 - Hamilton 4 at Texas 5 (OT)
Game 4 - Hamilton 1 at Texas 2 (OT)
Game 5 – Hamilton 3 at Texas 0
Game 6 - Texas 3 at Hamilton 2 (OT) (Series tied 3-3)
Game 7 - Wed., May 26 – Texas at Hamilton, 6:30 pm CT

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.






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